N.L. breast cancer lawsuit ends in deal
— Marie Hickey was thrilled that a $17.5-million deal to settle Newfoundland and Labrador’s biggest public health failure will spare her and other breast cancer patients a protracted court battle.
Hickey, one of hundreds of patients whose breast cancer tests were botched, said Friday she’s lucky to be healthy enough to see a resolution.
“I’m just so happy that this is not going to be dragged out any longer, that it’s not going to end up in court,” said the 52year-old St. John’s resident.
“And I’m more than happy with the settlement that they did reach.”
Hickey was 42 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy.
It was six years before she realized that a test to help determine her best course of treatment was botched.
In a joint statement Friday, the province’s largest health board and the law firm spearheading the lawsuit announced the settlement. It includes about 2,000 people and must still be approved in court.
“Class members wanted a financial settlement that demonstrated sincerity and respect,” Rosalind Jardine, one of the class members, said in the statement. “ This settlement does that.” Eastern Health CEO Vickie Kaminski apologized for the devastating toll the errors took on patients and their relatives.
“ We recognize that a number of people lost a lot — some of them their lives and some of them their mothers, their sisters, their daughters,” she said.