Hospital Trust Apologises to Family of Ben Condon
Benjamin Condon – Bristol Children's Hospital
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBT), the Trust responsible for Bristol Children's Hospital, has apologised 'unreservedly' to the parents of Ben Condon, who died at the hospital in April.
Symptoms of sepsis
Ben, who was only eight weeks old, was admitted to Bristol with a virus but developed a secondary pseudomonas sepsis infection that was not recognised until the final hours of his life. His family is convinced that, had diagnosis and treatment taken place sooner, Ben would still be alive.
Amidst the scandal over an alleged cover-up by Trust staff, including evidence that senior consultants had discussed deleting sections of a recorded meeting that might 'cause [them] difficulty', the Trust has issued an apology to Ben's family for the missed opportunities and failings in [his] care' and for the 'quality of our communication and explanations to them about what happened.'
The Trust goes further, acknowledging that there was an unacceptable delay in the administration of antibiotics and that more blood testing should have taken place. It also accepts that incorrect information was given to the family by Trust staff.
Allyn Condon – Jeremy Hunt
Ben's parents have spoken out in the national media about their concerns over Ben's treatment. Allyn Condon, Ben's father, carried out a Twitter campaign that has resulted in the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt agreeing to meet with the family.
This is not the first time that a senior health official has responded to a grieving parent's appeal over social media. In February 2014, Steve and Yolanda Turner, whose son Sean died at Bristol on 15 March 2012, contacted Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, who instigated the current New Review of children's cardiac services at Bristol.
Laurence Vick is head of Michelmores' Clinical Negligence team. Assisted by paralegal Martin Young, he represents the family of Ben Condon and a number of other families affected by failings at Bristol hospitals.