Standards Must Improve After Meningitis Case, Lawyer Claims

Blood Poisoning Death Raises Concerns

22.09.2010


The death of a 17-year-old who was not seen by doctors within the necessary time period should lead to an improvement in care standards in hospitals across the UK, a leading lawyer has claimed.

Lisa Jordan of Irwin Mitchell reacted after details emerged from the inquest into the death of Clementine Nicholson, who died of a type of blood poisoning related to meningitis that needs to be treated by medical experts within a six-hour period

It has been revealed that, upon arrival at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, the Rugby School pupil was sent for an unnecessary scan and also moved between two wards before being taken to intensive care.

The inquest into Nicholson’s death has been adjourned until October 6th.

Lisa Jordan, who specialises in the field of clinical negligence, said: “The details which have come out in relation to this tragic case are a cause of great concern.

“Patient safety has to be the priority for everyone in the NHS and the focus should be on cutting the 150,000 avoidable errors every year for the sake of each and every victim.  We see the same cases again and again.

“It’s time the NHS learnt its lessons for the sake of all of the victims who have been affected.”