Catalogue of failures at Manchester hospital contributed to disabled girl’s death

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 08 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5387
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A coroner has ruled that a hospital contributed to the death of a disabled 12 year old girl who was admitted with flu-like symptoms by a catalogue of failures in diagnosis and treatment.

Emma Stones, who had cerebral palsy and an estimated mental age of 5, died of septicaemia at Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester in February 2011 after delays in diagnosis and treatment of a bacterial infection.

The inquest was told that a junior doctor wanted to take a blood sample but that a senior registrar was “too busy” to help. A …

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