Ashley Pratt represented the family of Michael Parke at Kendal Coroner’s court which concluded on 16 January 2017. The inquest took place over three weeks in November-December 2016.
An inquest took place into two deaths at the North Cumbria University Hospital Trusts following the misplacement of nasogastric tubes into the patients’ lungs as opposed to their stomach. The Hospital not spotting the mistake then commenced feeding the patients which in Michael Parke’s case led directly to his death. The factual and medical complexities of the case meant that the Coroner instructed counsel to the inquest and the Hospital was represented by leading counsel. The individual medical practitioners also had their own individual representation. Numerous medical experts were called to provide evidence. The Coroner handed down his conclusion on 16 January 2017. He found that the Hospital’s treatment of Michael Parke amounted to neglect. In addition the Coroner found that the Hospital was guilty of systemic neglect. The Coroner is to write to NHS England in respect of preventing future deaths. The case has received wide spread media coverage.
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