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Posted 24 November 2016
by Stuart Bramley

Disturbing news of a premature baby left to die alone in sluice room

Doctor NHS

Stuart Bramley of Tozers’ medical negligence team writes –

“This is an utterly shocking story and it is compounded by the fact that, had it not been for a concerned whistle-blower, the details would never have come to light. I know from the legal claims I handle that parents traumatised by a stillbirth or miscarriage need to be treated with absolute sympathy and support but at their moment of greatest need, the parents in this story suffered their lost baby simply being left to die alone in profoundly inappropriate surroundings. It is to the Trust’s credit that they have apologised for the incident but of course it should never have occurred in the first place.  Some of my own clients have experienced similar acts of insensitivity when their unborn baby has died and if, as is sadly often the case, that death arouse from wrongful medical care that lack of respect simply exacerbates the problem.

I do hope the parents in the Royal Oldham / Manchester case get some small relief from the apology and can move forward with their lives.”

At Tozers we are acutely aware of the physical, emotional and financial burden which clinical negligence causes to patients and their families. If you have been injured as a result of a medical accident or because of abuse, the consequences can be serious for you and your family. Our specialist negligence team offers sensitive, but realistic advice, as well as having the technical expertise to ensure that medical negligence claims and clinical negligence claims are fully investigated and then pursued to successful outcomes.


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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