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Hospital apology for failings in premature baby’s care ‘too late’, says father

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07 Oct 2017

A father has said a hospital’s apology over the death of his premature son has come “two-and-a-half years too late” after bosses admitted their failure to give him “timely” antibiotics contributed to his death


In a statement the Trust said the clinical negligence claim, based on the failure to give Ben antibiotics on April 16 2015, resulted in a further extensive review of the circumstances of his death, including obtaining additional and further clinical and expert evidence and advice.

The Trust described Ben’s case as “very complex” and said there were a “range of different views” on whether and when he should have been given antibiotics, which was the reason for the delay in “clarifying the Trust’s position”.

Dr Bryony Strachan, clinical chair for the Division of Women and Children’s Services, said she hoped Mr and Mrs Condon could take “some comfort that we have learnt lessons from this and that we have already made changes and improvements in light of their and Ben’s experience in our care”.

She added: “We also know that the way we responded to Ben’s parents at times added to their distress and we are very sorry for that.”

Changes made include investment in bereavement support, a new electronic information system on the children’s intensive care unit which records everything happening to a child, and the review and update of guidelines for treating acute lung problems in children, the Trust added.

Mr Condon said: “I just wonder when they made those changes. Was it all in the last two weeks?

“Also they make a claim today that they have had further investigation and we’d like to know who did that, when that was done and whether they are willing to give us the information.”

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