Tuesday, 7 August 2012

DEAD CHILD IN HOSPITAL

Sorry...
So that's all right then

Yesterday's distressing story can be found at:


Today the Coroner's verdic has been rather more widely reported, for example 

Coroner John Pollard said: 'This suggests to me, quite powerfully, that Emma had died some considerable time earlier.
'It would seem that Emma was not monitored properly for several hours before her death and that when her father held her, apparently 10 minutes after death, she was cold and stiff, signifying in fact she had been dead for some considerable time. That is simply not acceptable.
Recording a narrative verdict Mr Pollard said there was a failure to recognise and acknowledge the seriousness of Emma’s condition. He said: 'The nursing and medical care of Emma fell below the standard that most people would consider satisfactory.'
He said the inevitable conclusion was that the care was ‘inadequate to such a degree that it played a part in Emma’s death’.
Mr Pollard added: 'If the observations had been performed more accurately and the treatment instigated at an early stage, the likelihood is that Emma would have survived.'
The death is the latest in a series of scandals at the hospital since 2006, when Mr Pollard branded care ‘chaotic’ and ‘despicable’ after hearing four inquests into elderly patients in one day. Tariq Mahmood, Tameside Hospital’s medical director, said of this latest incident: 'Emma was a regular patient in our Children’s Unit and we knew her family well. We would like to send our heartfelt sympathies to them during this difficult time.
'This has been a lengthy and thorough investigation by the coroner which we have fully supported and we accept his findings today.
'We acknowledge that the standard of care which we gave Emma was not acceptable and there were errors of judgement by individual members of staff. We have apologised to Emma’s family for this failure...'
A narrative verdict

A 'narrative verdict' is a verdict available to coroners in England and Wales following an inquest. In such a verdict the circumstances of a death are recorded without attributing the cause to a named individual.

References

(2012) Coroner slams Tameside Hospital over death of 12-year-old girl left for so long in her bed that rigor mortis had set in, Manchester Evening News, 7 July

Sutton, A (2012) UK truly terrible story. Victim of atomised medical care? Conductive World, 6 August

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