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Posted on 12th June 2017

Doctor’s Manslaughter Ruling Could be Followed by Striking off

At a hearing before the MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) the doctor’s fitness to practice was found to be below an acceptable standard.

In February 2011 the six year old boy attended Leicester Royal Infirmary and was admitted due to vomiting and sickness. The boy suffered from Down’s syndrome and a heart condition. The boy was diagnosed as having a tummy bug but 11 hours later died from a heart attack due to septic shock.

In 2013, an inquest into the death of the boy was told by an expert witness the boy would have survived if he had received the correct treatment.

The doctor who was convicted of manslaughter and suspended, now faces a hearing scheduled for next week to see if she will be struck off.


Sepsis is now the second biggest killer in the UK.

Most medical experts should be able to correctly diagnose the condition accurately though this doctor didn’t and the consequences were devastating.

Sepsis facts:

  • Kills and estimated 37,000 people in the UK per year
  • Only 24% of 500 people in our survey correctly identified 3 symptoms
  • 13,000 deaths from sepsis could have been avoided

If you have had a misdiagnosis of any medical condition including sepsis and as a result you have suffered another injury, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.


See the results of our study here