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Battling father forces review into CPS decision not to charge doctors over death of his son 24 years ago because case was deemed too old

A father has won his fight for a review into a decision by prosecutors not to charge doctors who allegedly failed to spot his son was dying 25 years ago.  Robbie Powell, ten, of Ystradgynlais, Powys, was seen by five different doctors from December 1989 before he died from the rare Addison’s disease in April 1990. His father William, 56, has fought for justice after police found the doctors could face up to 35 charges including manslaughter and forging medical documents. The Crown Prosecution Service refused to prosecute the doctors because the case was so old, but Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders has now ordered a review into the decision. Mr Powell said: ‘If the doctors had admitted their mistakes at the time we would have been able to move on. ‘This has taken over my life and it has taken a toll on my other children and on my marriage to my wife. I won’t feel this is over until we have some justice for Robbie.’

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