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Dudley trust faces criminal charges over deaths of two patients from sepsis

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 08 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n932
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is bringing a criminal prosecution against a hospital trust after two patients died following alleged exposure to “significant risk of avoidable harm.”

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust faces charges over care given before the deaths of a mother of six, Natalie Billingham, 33, and 14 year-old Kaysie-Jane Robinson, who both died of sepsis. Lawyers for the trust appeared before Dudley magistrates on 7 April for a brief initial hearing. District Judge Graham Wilkinson said that the trust would be required to enter pleas to …

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