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HOW DID DOCS MISS MY WIFE'S CANCER? Family demand public apology for 'frozen shoulder' blunders.

Byline: Charlie Gall

A CANCER-stricken gran died alone in a hospital toilet - after doctors misdiagnosed her pain as a frozen shoulder.

Jean Cross visited her local GPs 40 times over three years - and they simply prescribed her with painkillers and told her to get physiotherapy.

When the 60-year-old carer died, scan results revealed a tumour which had grown so large it was putting pressure on her arm.

Now NHS Grampian's chief executive Richard Carey has apologised - and admitted in a letter to her husband Colin that early signs of the disease were missed.

But Colin, 60, and daughter Amanda Bush, 42, dismissed the response as "not good enough" and have demanded a public apology and more answers.

Mother-of-two Jean died in the middle of the night in a toilet at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin, Moray, on April 5. Colin was told she may have lain on the floor for more than two hours because staff were dealing with an emergency.

Hours later, scan results revealed to her family the true extent of her cancer.

Yesterday, Colin, of Buckie, Banffshire, said: "She was crying in pain when I took her to the surgery but she came out saying they wouldn't listen.

"She spent her life caring for other people and ended up dying on a toilet floor on her own."

Amanda added: "No family should have to go through that. She shouldn't have died in pain on a toilet floor. She could have died in dignity."

NHS Grampian confirmed they were "actively arranging a meeting with the family which will be held after the detailed review" .

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