Girl's drug death at Basildon Hospital leads to CQC inquiry

The death of a girl after a suspected drugs error at a hospital in Essex has led to an investigation by the health watchdog.

Basildon Hospital, which has informed the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said it was "looking at stock control" after the 10-year-old's death last month.

A baby girl is "recovering" after being given "an incorrect dose of medication", it added.

The hospital said it was committed to providing excellent care.

"Following two recent incidents at Basildon Hospital, where the care we delivered to children did not meet this standard, we are working with the Care Quality Commission to strengthen our paediatric services," it said.

'Unannounced inspection'

Clare Panniker, chief executive, said: "I want to ensure that every child coming to Basildon Hospital is given the best possible care.

"We are working hard to strengthen our paediatric services to make sure this is achieved."

The 10-year-old girl died after being transferred from Basildon to St Mary's in London.

No long-term damage was caused after the baby was given the wrong treatment, the hospital said.

The CQC said: "CQC is aware of the death of a 10-year-old child following treatment at Basildon University Hospital.

"The trust informed CQC about the death and of the action it had taken as a result.

"CQC is monitoring the trust very closely and carried out an unannounced inspection at the trust on 3 November."

It said a report of its inspectors' full findings would be published in due course.

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