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An open letter to Jeremy Hunt from Will Powell

This is the link to my open letter to Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Health. I don’t take exception to Mr Hunt publicly supporting the Titcombe family. In fact, I found it commendable. This letter is about Mr Hunt’s lack of support for other parents and families who have also lost loved ones and fought for decades for truth and Justice. Will Powell

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Campaigning father invited to sit on NHS England safety body after Welsh ‘snub’

It has been my privilege to have known Will Powell for many years now and his perseverance in bringing justice for his son Robbie going on for 25 years. Will has helped so many people within that time who have also gone through trauma in losing a loved one. A worthy advocate for the Independent Patient Safety Investigation Service (Ipsis)  Joanna

Will Powell fought a lengthy battle to have criminal prosecutions brought against a number of medical staff involved in the negligent treatment of his 10-year-old son

A bereaved father who has spent 25 years campaigning for justice for his son has been invited to sit on a expert patient safety group by NHS England.

But Will Powell, of Ystradgynlais Powys, who has fought a lengthy battle to have criminal prosecutions brought against a number of medical staff involved in the negligent treatment of 10-year-old Robbie, said he was saddened that he was not taken as seriously by NHS Wales.

Robbie died of Addison’s disease, a rare illness that stops the adrenal glands pumping vital hormones. Doctors did not act on a suspicion that he had the condition and he did not receive the treatment that would have saved his life. Six years later the NHS accepted that negligence had occurred at Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

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Will Powell and his son Robbie

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A Legal Duty of Candour and how it has been resisted for almost two decades by Will Powell

Responding to critics of the Duty of Candour and alleged detriment to the NHS

It is interesting to look back at a Guardian article published on the 8th April 2014 with the headline “Why the new duty of candour could be detrimental to the NHS”. Will Powell

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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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Robbie Powell: CPS to review schoolboy’s death 24 years ago

The death of a schoolboy 24 years ago from a treatable condition is to be re investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service. Robbie Powell, 10, from Ystradgynlais, Powys, died at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital, of Addison’s disease in 1990. An inquest into his death in 2004 found he died of natural causes aggravated by neglect, but the CPS said no criminal charges should be brought. A letter to his family confirms the case will be looked at again. Since Robbie’s death his father William Powell has mounted a long campaign to get a public inquiry into the case.

My comment: Will has been fighting for 24 years to get to the truth with all the cover ups etc. NEVER GIVE UP…. Joanna Slater

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Campaigner Will Powell joins Legal Duty of Candour-‘Robbie’s Law’ are delighted to announce Will Powell as a new addition to its advisory team in a renewed move to implement further awareness about the legal duty of candour and to raise patient rights awareness in England & Wales.

Will, who was recently given a national campaign award for patient safety by the charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and a Freedom of Information award in 1999, presented by the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has continually demonstrated a tireless dedication to change the stance of the law regarding medical transparency. His campaigns to introduce a legal duty of candour-‘Robbie’s Law’- have been a hallmark of patient care and access to justice and an inspiration behind the creation of

Brilliant Will, what a wonderful asset you will be in helping and advising so many xxx

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