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‘I wouldn’t wish it on anyone’: Heartbroken daughter to sue hospital after dad given wrong cancer diagnosis

A heartbroken daughter is planning to sue hospital bosses after medics diagnosed her dad with terminal lung cancer – but then wrongly changed their minds.

Doctors left Roger Taylor in a discharge area of North Manchester General Hospital for 15 hours after ordering the wrong ambulance, the Manchester Evening News reports. He died less than 24 hours after arriving home.

Mr Taylor’s daughter Elizabeth is now suing Pennine Acute NHS Trust, claiming he died prematurely due to its actions. Mr Taylor, from Bury , fell ill last May just a few weeks after his wife Janet – who he had cared for – lost her own battle with cancer. At the start of June, the hospital told him he had very advanced lung cancer, which had spread. It was decided he would not have chemotherapy, as it would prolong his life by only a few months. Two weeks later, on June 25, the hospital rang to say it was not lung cancer after all, but lymphoma – a disease that could be treated. Mr Taylor’s family cancelled what was going to be his last holiday, at a cost of £1,000, and prepared for treatment at the Christie.

At that point, his family made a formal complaint. But just a week later the hospital changed its mind again – and said he did have incurable lung cancer after all. He was admitted to the hospital a fortnight later for a separate health issue, a visit he made alone in the belief it would only take a couple of hours. But when the decision was taken to discharge him, the nurse did not order him a palliative ambulance – so transport provider Arriva did not pick up the request until the following morning. After 15 hours waiting, he arrived home and died 21 hours later.

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Diagnosis: Roger Taylor, seen here with his wife Janet

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to meet grieving parents in NHS baby death cover-up case

  • Parents Allyn and Jenny Condon’s eight-week-old son Ben died in April
  • They exposed medics trying to cover up failings they say led to his death
  • Jeremy Hunt has agreed to a face-to-face meeting in the new year 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will meet heartbroken parents who exposed health bosses trying to cover up failings they say led to the death of their baby. Mr Hunt, who is understood to have been deeply moved by the efforts of Allyn and Jenny Condon, has agreed to a face-to-face summit in the new year after The Mail on Sunday revealed their campaign for answers after their eight-week-old son Ben died in April.

When Ben died, medics told the couple that their son was not strong enough to fight off a virus. But two months later they were told Ben had also contracted a bacterial infection – which he could have picked up in hospital. The Condons then exposed how senior staff at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital discussed deleting a key recording in which they admitted mistakes were made. On the recording, one doctor said Ben’s parents were ‘absolutely right’ to say Ben should have been given antibiotics much sooner.

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2F07EF0F00000578-3367375-image-a-43_1450565870877 Ben Condon

Watch the interview with LBC and listen to the recording.

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Baby death at Shropshire maternity unit should be re-examined, says NHS review

The death of a baby girl hours after she was born at a Shropshire maternity unit should be re-examined, an independent review by NHS England has concluded.

Six years after the avoidable death of baby Kate Stanton-Davies, born at Ludlow’s midwife-led unit in March 2009, a review of the case has said a previous investigation into the case was “not fit for purpose” and called for it to be done again.

The report comes after years of parents Richard Stanton and Rhiannon Davies calling for an inquiry. A jury inquest in 2012 and an investigation by the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in 2013 both concluded Kate’s death was avoidable and the result of serious failings in care. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH) apologised to the couple in January but has now agreed to fully re-investigate the case and its handling of complaints.

Kate Stanton-Davies was born with anaemia at Ludlow Hospital before being transferred to Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital but died six hours after she was born. The 2012 inquest found that Kate would have survived if she had been born elsewhere and that the original classification of the pregnancy as low-risk was a contributory factor in her death.

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Rhiannon Davies, of Ludlow, with daughter Kate

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Shocking NHS op blunders that should NEVER happen revealed by Daily Mirror

A patient died after being given the wrong type of blood and another had a testicle removed unnecessarily – just two of the shocking NHS blunders uncovered by the Daily Mirror.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said six mistakes like these are happening in hospitals every week. They are called “never events” – because they are so bad they should never happen. And our probe under the Freedom of Information Act exposes some of the shocking details for the first time. In one case a patient was told they had cancer and had part of their nose chopped off by mistake, while a second was wrongly told they didn’t have cancer.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “As suggested by the name, these sorts of events are utterly unacceptable and pose a huge risk to patient safety and well-being. “While we accept accidents will sometimes occur, it is vital that lessons are learnt each time to ensure they aren’t repeated. “This is yet another reminder of the need to properly fund the regulation of healthcare to ensure that it detects patterns of errors such as these, and acts to ensure that no more patients are put at risk.”

Roger Goss, director of Patient Concern, said: “If the concept is to achieve a reduction in harm to patients, staff responsible for these never events should be fired. That is what would happen in the private sector. Unfortunately, getting rid of anyone from the NHS, however careless or incompetent, is virtually impossible.”



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Parents’ anguish after daughter’s body is left on mortuary table for 13 days

BEREAVED parents of a teenage girl say hospital blunders have added to their grief.

Georgina Weaver, 19, died at East Surrey Hospital last August after suffering prolonged severe headaches, blurred vision and unsteadiness. But her mum and dad’s grief and anxiety over the cause of their daughter’s death was compounded when they learned she had lain in the hospital mortuary for almost a fortnight. And, it later emerged, the delay meant a satisfactory post-mortem examination could not be carried out, meaning invaluable lessons may have been lost. Miss Weaver was a former pupil at Warlingham School and studying animal care at college. She was admitted to hospital in October and then December 2012, both times with blinding headaches and vomiting, before being admitted a third time last August. Within two days she was put on a life support machine, but died two days later.

 Her mother Angie, of Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, said they then endured a 13-day delay before receiving the death certificate, despite repeated requests to the hospital for it. She added: “While we were in the hospital’s bereavement office about a week after Georgina’s death we learned that she was still in the mortuary, and the post-mortem had not been carried out. Due to her being left for nearly two weeks in the mortuary her brain had gone too soft so they couldn’t get the results they had hoped for.”

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Parents long wait for truth on baby’s death may be over

Anne and Graeme Dixon have spent the past 13 years investigating the death of their 11-month-old daughter, Elizabeth, and the treatment she received after her birth. Now, due to recent changes in the way the parliamentary and health service ombudsman (PHSO) works, they believe they could be a step closer to finding some answers. Elizabeth was born eight weeks early, in 2000, in Frimley Park hospital in Surrey. Immediately after birth, her blood pressure began to rise but was left untreated until she was transferred to Great Ormond Street hospital some two weeks later. By that time, Elizabeth had suffered severe brain damage. It was another 10 months before the Dixons were able to take their daughter home. Then, just days before her first birthday, Elizabeth died during the night, after her breathing tube became blocked when an agency nurse failed to maintain it.

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Graeme and Anne Dixon whose baby Elizabeth died 13 years ago


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Leeds hospital blunders revealed in report

DOCTORS wrongly removed a woman’s kidney after mistaking it for an ectopic pregnancy, a new report on serious incidents at Leeds hospitals shows.
Two patients also received adrenaline overdoses, there was an outbreak of MRSA among new mums and staff failed to respond when a patient deteriorated, according to the document.
It details 16 serious incidents recorded by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in May and June, with 11 of these pressure ulcers.
The report, by chief medical officer Dr Yvette Oade, says there has been an increase since 2013 in the number of serious incidents.

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