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Medics charged with manslaughter of 6 year old disabled boy

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Three members of staff from the Leicester Royal Infirmary have been charged with manslaughter following the death of a six-year-old boy. Two nurses and one doctor from the hospital admitted to gross negligence that caused the boy’s death in 2011. An inquest into what actually caused his death was adjourned in 2013.

Jack Adcock, who suffered with Down’s syndrome, was admitted to the hospital in February 2011 because of severe vomiting. While in hospital, he suffered a heart attack but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and two nurses, Theresa Taylor and Isabel Amaro, are due to appear before Leicester magistrates on 23 January.

In the public’s interest

A specialist prosecutor with the CPS Special Crime Division, Fiona Morrison, said that they have completed their review of the case and feel that there is sufficient evidence for the three members of staff to face charges of gross negligence manslaughter. She added that this would also be in the public’s interest.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said that the three members of staff have been charged and are to appear in court in January. They added: “The staff concerned are not on clinical duties. The CPS have advised all concerned that further comment on this case will be prejudicial to a fair trial and hence there is nothing more we can say whilst these proceedings are in train.

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