Dr Peter Ellis, instructed by Richard Bannister of Shoosmiths LLP, Birmingham, represented the family of Lee Hanstock at an inquest before South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh on 13 January 2017. Mr Hanstock was sent home from Queen’s Hospital, Burton by a medical registrar on 28 December 2015 without any medication, in spite of suffering from severe hypertension with cerebral and cardiac complications. The following day he developed seizures. The complications aggravated by the negligent discharge were compounded by an excessive dose of an anaesthetic drug, administered by an air ambulance anaesthetist, Dr Carl McQueen. He suffered a fatal cardiac arrest and died at home. Tragically, Dr McQueen took his own life when he discovered that the fatality was being investigated by his employer. Mr Haigh returned a narrative conclusion, in which he highlighted significant failings of care, which contributed to the death.

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