Parents Receive Leaked Hospital Report Into Son's Death
7th January 2014
The parents of a 7-year-old who died after surgery in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children have received a leaked hospital report that suggests medical negligence or poor care could have contributed to the child’s death.
Luke Jennings had heart surgery in March 2012 and was predicted to make a full recovery. After being discharged from intensive care to another ward, he died. Avon coroner Maria Wilson recorded a narrative verdict and the leaked report was not present at the inquest, saying there was not any evidence of “gross failure”.
Luke’s mother Faye said the report, dated May 8th, may have been sent to her because someone believed there were failings in Luke’s care that the family ought to be made aware of.
The hospital said the report was not shown at the inquest because the coroner had asked the facility not to help her in her primary duty.
Four investigations took place into Luke’s death, finding some of the contributory factors could have been unsafe staffing levels, a failure to recognise the patient’s deteriorating condition, and poor team-working and communication. The final investigation suggested it was impossible to tell whether Luke’s death could have been prevented.
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