The Health Secretary has issued an apology to the family of a young man who was admitted to hospital after a mountain bike accident, but sent home later with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen.
The apology comes after an inquest in September found that John Moore-Robinson’s death was preventable.
Ruptured spleen went undiagnosed
The 20-year-old tragically died at his home in Sileby, near Leicester, in 2006 after being sent home from Stafford Hospital. He had been taken there after a mountain bike accident at Cannock Chase.
Mr Moore-Robinson was diagnosed with bruising to his ribs but staff at the hospital failed to diagnose his ruptured spleen and he collapsed hours after being sent home.
A narrative verdict was returned at the first inquest into his death but it emerged later that sections of an internal report criticising the care he got at the hospital had been withheld from the hearing.
Apology ‘rings hollow’
A report on broader problems at the hospital resulted in a second inquest being ordered. It found half a dozen separate shortcomings in the A&E department at Stafford Hospital. They were said to have contributed to Mr Moore-Robinson’s death.
The mountain biker’s father, Frank Robinson, said the apology he’d had from Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, was the first communication they’d had from the Department of Health since the accident.
But Mr Robinson, who with his wife Janet is set to meet Mr Hunt in January, has described it as a hollow apology.
He says he and his wife want the people who wronged his son and acted wrongly in the aftermath of his death to be held to account and he says he will ask Mr Hunt why nobody is facing disciplinary action over the incident.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: December 19, 2014
Author: David Brown