THE DEATH of a mountain biker who was sent home from Stafford Hospital despite having a ruptured spleen is to be investigated by police.
John Moore Robinson was seen by doctors in the hospital’s A and E department after an accident on his bike on Cannock Chase but his condition was not spotted and he was sent home with pain killers.
He died at his Leicestershire home less than 24 hours later at the age of 20.
Last week the Newsletter reported how his father Frank Robinson had been granted a second inquest into his death after campaigning for six years.
Mr Robinson found out this week the police would be looking at all the evidence relating to his son’s care.
He said: “We are in contact with Staffordshire Police at the moment and it’s being looked at. They said they were revisiting John’s case.
“How long it will take I don’t know. They’re going to look at all the evidence – the police said they would keep us fully informed.”
He said it would be looked at by a group formed by statutory agencies.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker said “Our review of information brought to light by the Francis Inquiry Report has been progressing since the report’s publication in February.
“The substantial nature and complex scope of the report, as well as the requirement to liaise with a wide number of stakeholders, means that we are currently continuing with the review.
“HSE continue to be a key partner in the multi-agency group that was announced and established following the publication of the Francis Report and HSE’s recent announcement is an example of how the review process is working.”
The Newsletter reported in June that a multi-agency group was set up in the aftermath of the Francis Inquiry including Staffordshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Coroner’s Office, the Health and Safety Executive, the Care Quality Commission, the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council and a representative of the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner observing the proceedings.
Mr Robinson also rubbished claims by Stafford Hospital’s chief executive last week that there was no new evidence relating to his son’s inquest.
Maggie Oldham told a meeting of senior managers there was no new evidence.
Mr Robinson said: “There are two new pieces of evidence which are going to be included because the attorney general gave us the second inquest on that basis.
“The trust is aware of these because they are an interested party. They have been kept fully informed since we applied for the second inquest so they are aware what’s going on.”