Parents of pneumonia victim considering legal action against NHS

Daily Echo: Gary Lovett. Gary Lovett.

THE parents of a 20-year- old charity worker who died after medics failed to identify just how ill he was are considering legal action against the NHS.

It comes after a coroner yesterday highlighted failures into Gary Lovett’s care and said medical professionals acted “far too late”.

Gary, who lived in Lordswood, Southampton, died from pneumonia within hours of being rushed to hospital – despite his parents Rob and Tracy having sought advice from NHS services for days.

Last night they said Gary could have been saved if they had ignored advice and taken their son to hospital – just five minutes from their home.

They said: “No parents should have to outlive their child in such circumstances. We feel sure that had Gary been given the opportunity he would have continued to make us all proud of him.

“Now the inquest is over we want to try to ensure that similar medical mistakes are never made again to stop someone else dying in circumstances like this.”

The family solicitor, Patricia Wakeford, last night told the Daily Echo Gary’s parents were considering legal action against the NHS.

The inquest into the former Mansbridge and Cantell pupil heard how Rob and Tracy battled to get medical help for Gary from three NHS agencies as his condition deteriorated.

Contact was made in the lead-up to Christmas 2010 with a GP, NHS Direct and Solent Healthcare out-of-hours service when Gary suffered symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, coughing and chest pains.

Solent Healthcare’s out-of-hours service did arrange a face-to-face appointment but despite going to the appointment in a wheelchair, he was not given emergency care.

Although he was eventually admitted to Southampton General Hospital, he died within hours.

Earlier in the inquest, NHS Direct’s nursing boss Stuart Toulson spoke frankly and admitted failings by his team – which led to one nurse being sacked and being referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Andrew Lennon, who represented the out-of-hours service, adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman said: “What is self-evident is that Gary did have a far more serious illness developing than was ever actually identified until it was far too late, when of course he was eventually admitted to hospital only an hour or two prior to his death.”

Recording a narrative verdict, he said: “Gary Lovett died as a result of severe and overwhelming bronchopneumonia.

“It is likely that he was suffering from at least the early stages of this condition during the few days prior to his death during which time there was both telephonic and face-to-face assessment of his illness by a number of medical professionals who failed to identify the extent of his illness and the risk it presented to his life.”

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12:25pm Tue 29 May 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system.
Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system. Taskforce 141

1:30pm Tue 29 May 12

Redhead1987 says...

I really don't see how suing the NHS is really going to help! I am really sorry that this poor man died but suing the NHS is not going to bring him back.
Plus it wont help other people in the future - the NHS is struggling enough and does not need people taking more money out because they feel the need to claim against someone!
At the end of the day the NHS doctors and nurses have to work to extremely hard targets and as they are human they do not get it right every time!
I really don't see how suing the NHS is really going to help! I am really sorry that this poor man died but suing the NHS is not going to bring him back. Plus it wont help other people in the future - the NHS is struggling enough and does not need people taking more money out because they feel the need to claim against someone! At the end of the day the NHS doctors and nurses have to work to extremely hard targets and as they are human they do not get it right every time! Redhead1987

1:42pm Tue 29 May 12

ohec says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system.
I quite agree but taking legal action wont help anybody, it is tragic they have lost their son but all the compensation in the world wont bring him back, what it will do is put the N.H.S under even more pressure and deny other people of treatment. But medicine is not an exact science, we seem to take too much for granted nowadays all our health professionals do their best but they are no more infallible than the rest of us no one is perfect.Do we really wont to follow the U.S.A where people are frightened to breath for fear of litigation.
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system.[/p][/quote]I quite agree but taking legal action wont help anybody, it is tragic they have lost their son but all the compensation in the world wont bring him back, what it will do is put the N.H.S under even more pressure and deny other people of treatment. But medicine is not an exact science, we seem to take too much for granted nowadays all our health professionals do their best but they are no more infallible than the rest of us no one is perfect.Do we really wont to follow the U.S.A where people are frightened to breath for fear of litigation. ohec

1:42pm Tue 29 May 12

ohec says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system.
I quite agree but taking legal action wont help anybody, it is tragic they have lost their son but all the compensation in the world wont bring him back, what it will do is put the N.H.S under even more pressure and deny other people of treatment. But medicine is not an exact science, we seem to take too much for granted nowadays all our health professionals do their best but they are no more infallible than the rest of us no one is perfect.Do we really wont to follow the U.S.A where people are frightened to breath for fear of litigation.
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Well thanks to every tom dick and harry abusing our benefits system and NHS, it is being overworked and understaffed and the strain is clearly more than the NHS can cope with. This is a truly tragic case that should of been avoided. Until the government address the issues and stop the abuse of the system.[/p][/quote]I quite agree but taking legal action wont help anybody, it is tragic they have lost their son but all the compensation in the world wont bring him back, what it will do is put the N.H.S under even more pressure and deny other people of treatment. But medicine is not an exact science, we seem to take too much for granted nowadays all our health professionals do their best but they are no more infallible than the rest of us no one is perfect.Do we really wont to follow the U.S.A where people are frightened to breath for fear of litigation. ohec

2:22pm Tue 29 May 12

bigfella777 says...

I would have just gone to A&E you dont need permission, tragic as this case is.
Like somebody else says suing the NHS only deprives somebody else or care.
This does highlight just how useless and a waste of money NHS direct is, how can you diagnose somebody over the phone?
I would have just gone to A&E you dont need permission, tragic as this case is. Like somebody else says suing the NHS only deprives somebody else or care. This does highlight just how useless and a waste of money NHS direct is, how can you diagnose somebody over the phone? bigfella777

4:36am Wed 30 May 12

Verloren Hoop says...

Plenty of people suing the NHS over things far more trivial than this. If the NHS isn't sued then how are they ever going to learn. They obviously didn't even try to provide a reasonable minimum standard of care. I think that the NHS has a case to answer & brushing it under the carpet isn't going to resolve anything.
Plenty of people suing the NHS over things far more trivial than this. If the NHS isn't sued then how are they ever going to learn. They obviously didn't even try to provide a reasonable minimum standard of care. I think that the NHS has a case to answer & brushing it under the carpet isn't going to resolve anything. Verloren Hoop

7:15pm Wed 30 May 12

memush says...

Very sad that he passed away and very sorry for his family. Sueing the NHS wil achieve nothing except a drain on funds which the taxpayer can ill afford and make even rich solicitors richer. Of course, mistakes by solicitors will never cause anybody to die.
Very sad that he passed away and very sorry for his family. Sueing the NHS wil achieve nothing except a drain on funds which the taxpayer can ill afford and make even rich solicitors richer. Of course, mistakes by solicitors will never cause anybody to die. memush

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