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Hospital sued over alleged medical negligence after children left neglected and dying on wards

Posted on 15 February 2013

A group of 10 families is taking University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust to court over alleged negligence that led to the death of newborn babies or caused damage to their children's health at the hospital, the Telegraph reported.

Amongst the families are seven bereaved couples whose children died after being treated at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. They want hospital staff to admit negligence and failings in treatment of babies and children with a heart condition between 2008 and the autumn of 2012.

In some of the cases concerned, nurses are accused of turning off or toning down alarms notifying them that children's conditions were worsening. Other parents claim that the number of nurses taking care of their children, who had had heart operations, was so limited that they needed to apply medication, oversee oxygen levels and clean up vomit on their own.

The families will charge the trust with negligence in the management of their children after surgery and in some of the cases in the surgery they underwent. The parents believe that if staff had given proper care to their children, they would be now alive, or others could have suffered less.

The trust has already admitted wrongdoing in treating two of the children, Luke Jenkins and Sean Turner, who died in 2012, stating that failure to identify that their post-surgery conditions were deteriorating may have been instrumental to their deaths.

The legal actions come after the Care Quality Commission censured the trust following an investigation which found that the number of children being treated improperly at the hospital was too high.

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