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Stafford Hospital death: Dad wants son's inquest ruling changed

  • 4 May 2012
  • From the section England
John Moore-Robinson
Image caption John Moore-Robinson bled to death from a ruptured spleen

The father of a man who died after Stafford Hospital failed to diagnose he had a ruptured spleen is trying to get his son's inquest verdict overturned.

John Moore-Robinson, 20, from Coalville, Leicestershire, was taken to accident and emergency after a mountain bike crash on Cannock Chase in 2006.

He bled to death less than 24 hours after being sent home from hospital.

His father Frank has written to the attorney general to try to quash the narrative verdict from a 2007 inquest.

He said: "Since the inquest there's more evidence that's come to light and I feel that it should be heard.

"I feel the inquest was flawed, so I've put all the points in the documents that have gone to the attorney general and I've been told to wait for six weeks for a reply."

Not enough evidence

Both the coroner for South Staffordshire Andrew Haigh and the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust have said they do not want to comment.

In October 2011, two former members of the hospital's legal team were cleared by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of misconduct allegations linked to Mr Moore-Robinson's death.

Kate Levy and Stuart Knowles had been accused of suppressing information about how he died.

Ms Levy was sacked by the hospital's trust over the incident but was awarded more than £100,000 for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal in January.

In July 2011, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to charge anyone in connection with the death of Mr Moore-Robinson.

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