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Family blames doctors for death

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

The family of a man who died as a result of poor treatment has complained that the General Medical Council are refusing to take action against a number of the doctors responsible for his poor care, and subsequent death. 30-year-old Carl Nolan from Rhyl suffered from serious liver disease, which he was not informed of until 7 years after the tests were carried out. The family believes that not enough is being done by the GMC, who are refusing to provide them with any answers concerning Mr Nolan’s appalling treatment.

Last year the Public Service Ombudsman published a report into Mr Nolan’s death. It found that tests had been carried out at Glan Clywd Hospital in 2001, which clearly highlighted that he was suffering from congenital cirrhosis of the liver. Despite this, neither Mr Nolan nor his family were informed of this. In 2010, Mr Nolan was rushed to the north Wales hospital with liver failure.  He was then sent home numerous times before finally being referred to a specialist unit in Birmingham and put on the transplant list. Mr Nolan died only a few weeks later.

“One of the worst examples of poor treatment in the NHS”

The ombudsman Peter Tyndall said: “I was shocked by what our investigation found in this instance. This is one of the worst examples of poor treatment in the NHS and poor communication with a patient that I have encountered in my time as ombudsman.

A Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board spokesperson said that no member of staff had been disciplined as a result of the case, but that the appointment system and gastroenterology care pathways had been thoroughly reviewed and improved.

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