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Posted 6 November 2018
by Stuart Bramley

Hospital Boss to be Probed Over ‘Cover-Up’ of Baby Boy’s Death

Baby touching hands with mum

Stuart Bramley, infection specialist, has been highly regarded in the most recent Legal 500 and Chambers publications. With reference to the Daily Mail Online article, he observes:

“To lose a child must be unbelievably dreadful – but to lose him or her to something that should have been avoidable, and then to learn that those responsible are trying to hide the evidence, must go beyond every parent’s worst nightmares. This is a shocking story and if the Mail’s coverage is correct it is no surprise the CQC have now become involved. Far too many of the legal claims I handle involve a delay in giving antibiotics, often where clinicians intended to give these sooner but didn’t, as happened with poor Ben. The growing public awareness of sepsis means that it is often the parents who first insist on antibiotics being administered and various studies show that doing so give the baby or child a real fighting chance of surviving, and often surviving with no permanent damage – despite Dr Schindler apparently repeating the tired old argument that this would not ‘guarantee’ that the outcome would have been different. No medical care is guaranteed to succeed, but that does not mean it should never be attempted in the first place.

This would never atone for Jenny and Allyn’s loss but on the facts suggested here, those involved really do need to account at the highest level not only for what happened to this little lad but for how they have dealt with the subsequent investigation.”

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About the author

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor with over 25 years' experience of medical claims and inquests