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Government to pay legal costs of inquest after hospital's error

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:890
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The government was last week ordered to pay the legal costs of an inquest into the death of a 3 year old girl who died after a hospital dosing error.

    The girl's parents, Mohammed Khan and Safia Sultan of Bradford, Yorkshire, brought a unique case to the Court of Appeal in London, after a first inquest was adjourned last year because they had no legal representation.

    Their daughter, Naazish, was receiving chemotherapy and haemodialysis for lymphoma at St James's Hospital, Leeds, in October 1999. Philip Havers QC, for the family, told the court that something …

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