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Mid Staffordshire lawyers say they withheld report from coroner to protect trust

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6486 (Published 10 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6486
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Two former senior members of the legal team at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have defended their failure to disclose to the local coroner a damning consultant’s report on the death of a patient who, it later emerged, had died from an undiagnosed ruptured spleen.

The accident and emergency consultant Ivan Phair concluded in his report that 20 year old John Moore-Robinson’s death might have been avoided and could have been caused by a junior doctor’s negligence in failing to carry out a proper examination. Mr Moore-Robinson, who had been injured in a mountain bike accident, was seen at Stafford Hospital in April 2006 but was sent home and died a day later in another hospital. …

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