MP demands changes after Royal Blackburn Hospital patient death

Tragic Maureen McDonald

Tragic Maureen McDonald

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN MP is calling for changes at Royal Blackburn Hospital after a cancer sufferer died after waiting for treatment in the A&E department.

Maureen McDonald waited almost three hours to see a hospital doctor after she fell ill during chemotherapy treatment.

Her husband Alan is now taking legal action against the hospital because of the delay caused by a communication mix-up.

Mrs McDonald’s death prompted a serious untoward incident review after Mr McDonald of Blackburn raised concerns about her care.

The report produced following the review revealed that there had been a delay of several hours before Mrs McDonald was seen by a doctor, and that she was given penicillin despite being allergic to it.

Following Mrs McDonald’s death, Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said that staff should be routinely checking whether A&E patients are undergoing any other treatment.

He said: “Something certainly needs to change, I think it’s outrageous. If somebody comes in, that’s absolutely the first thing they should ask, whether they are on any medication.

“It should be standard procedure, if they haven’t done that, that’s terrible.”

Mr Birtwistle said he was also very concerned that not only had Mrs McDonald died, but two other patients had also died after similar miscommunication, since her death.

He said: “It’s not good enough, they obviously haven’t learned from it, and they need to get their act together. It’s shocking, absolutely shocking.

“If it’s happened once and then it’s happened again, that’s appalling.”

Chris Pearson, Chief Nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “It is difficult to add to what we have already said. This was a serious incident that was fully investigated and the trust will learn from it.

“Our sympathies remain with Mr McDonald and his family.”

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1:13pm Thu 31 Jul 14

alf-abett says...

Trying to draw a lateral view of these deaths at RBH and other Hospitals I came to the conclusion that if I was the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident with a pedestrian and / or other road user and I was adjudged to be the cause of the accident then I would be charged with causing death or injury and driving without due care and attention, yet the Hospitals / staff seem to be immune from any sort of responsibility and what eventually happens is down to the bereaved to instigate.
Trying to draw a lateral view of these deaths at RBH and other Hospitals I came to the conclusion that if I was the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident with a pedestrian and / or other road user and I was adjudged to be the cause of the accident then I would be charged with causing death or injury and driving without due care and attention, yet the Hospitals / staff seem to be immune from any sort of responsibility and what eventually happens is down to the bereaved to instigate. alf-abett
  • Score: 9

4:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

woolywords says...

I think that there is a get out clause in the Mental Health Act or McNaughton Rules that precludes them from any charges.
I think that there is a get out clause in the Mental Health Act or McNaughton Rules that precludes them from any charges. woolywords
  • Score: -1

5:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

woolywords says...

When it said, MP, I thought it might be that Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn, had finally woken up from his sleep...
Still, I don't suppose that he will want to get involved, since he didn't raise any objection to it at the time it was proposed.
...
Can't wait until the end of August, when this annual figures are released, showing the numbers of complaints against this hospital.
Want to bet that this the one thing that they have targeted resources at,
in order to 'massage' those figures?
...
Instead of simplifying the system, they've created a set of different paths for complaint resolution, that doesn't require reporting in the figures that they are required to submit to the ONS.
Have a peek here...
http://tinyurl.com/k
5q2qgb
...
I know of a number of people whom have been in hospital recently and not a one has heard of this.. Yet it's supposed to have been going since April 2013!!!
Ask around, see if your friends have heard of it...
I'll bet that they haven't.
When it said, MP, I thought it might be that Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn, had finally woken up from his sleep... Still, I don't suppose that he will want to get involved, since he didn't raise any objection to it at the time it was proposed. ... Can't wait until the end of August, when this annual figures are released, showing the numbers of complaints against this hospital. Want to bet that this the one thing that they have targeted resources at, in order to 'massage' those figures? ... Instead of simplifying the system, they've created a set of different paths for complaint resolution, that doesn't require reporting in the figures that they are required to submit to the ONS. Have a peek here... http://tinyurl.com/k 5q2qgb ... I know of a number of people whom have been in hospital recently and not a one has heard of this.. Yet it's supposed to have been going since April 2013!!! Ask around, see if your friends have heard of it... I'll bet that they haven't. woolywords
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mavrick says...

It is shocking that Gordon Birtwistle has said anything, He sits in parliament with the Tories and votes on the budget cuts they propose for the NHS. Nurses have not got the time to do the job properly as they are run off their feet. Some of the doctors seem to need training to a higher standard. Yet the budget cuts get deeper and the Tories will suggest privatisation would prevent this happening. They have almost got away with it, It would help if every one wrote to their M.P and published their response. If the Tories win the next election the NHS will cease to exist as we know it.
It is shocking that Gordon Birtwistle has said anything, He sits in parliament with the Tories and votes on the budget cuts they propose for the NHS. Nurses have not got the time to do the job properly as they are run off their feet. Some of the doctors seem to need training to a higher standard. Yet the budget cuts get deeper and the Tories will suggest privatisation would prevent this happening. They have almost got away with it, It would help if every one wrote to their M.P and published their response. If the Tories win the next election the NHS will cease to exist as we know it. mavrick
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Thu 31 Jul 14

POW WOW says...

East Lancashire hospitals NHS trust should never have been taken off the special measures list especially when the local coroner Mr singleton still has cases of serious malpractice/discrepe
ncies outstanding !!!!!!!!!!!
East Lancashire hospitals NHS trust should never have been taken off the special measures list especially when the local coroner Mr singleton still has cases of serious malpractice/discrepe ncies outstanding !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 4

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