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‘We were told not to pick a fight with the NHS’: Parents of three-year-old who died needlessly from sepsis were made to feel like the tragedy was ‘just bad luck’

  • Sam Morrish died at Torbay Hospital in South Devon in December 2010 
  • His parents took him to see health professionals four times in 36 hours
  • Initial investigation by health Ombudsman said death was avoidable
  • Parents called for a second investigation as questions were unanswered 
  • Second damning report ruled NHS organisations refused to accept blame 

The parents of a three-year-old boy who died needlessly of sepsis have told of how they were warned ‘not to pick a fight’ with the NHS. Sam Morrish succumbed to the illness in 2010 following a catalogue of failings by out-of-hours GPs, hospital doctors and NHS call centre staff.

A damning report into his death yesterday by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman accused the NHS of failing to investigate mistakes and refusing to accept blame. His parents, Scott and Sue Morrish, who live in Newton Abbot, Devon, spoke of how they were made to feel the tragedy was bad luck.

The little boy – described as a ‘force of nature’- died in December 2010 just 36 hours after they first sought medical help. Over that time they were sent away and dismissed by GPs, hospital doctors and call centres at NHS Direct, which has since become NHS 111. An initial report by the Ombudsman in 2014 concluded that his death was avoidable and he would have been saved had doctors picked up on early warning signs.

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Three-year-old Sam Morrish died from sepsis in 2010 after a catalogue of errors by various NHS bodies. A damning report into his death today accused the NHS of failing to properly investigate the tragedy


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