Warminster family meet health boss
8:00am Friday 14th February 2014 in By Andy Baber, Senior reporter for Trowbridge
The parents of Sean Turner are meeting NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh today to discuss the “shambolic” care Sean had while on Ward 32 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Sean died in March 2012 from a brain haemorrhage after previously suffering a cardiac arrest – six weeks after he underwent vital corrective heart surgery at the hospital.
His parents Steve and Yolanda Turner claim his death was not isolated and other children with heart problems had died from poor care at the hospital, including Luke Jenkins, aged seven, from Cardiff.
Britain’s most senior doctor offered to meet the Turners and nine other families after Mr Turner, 47, urged him to take action via Twitter – sending a message to his @DrBruceKeogh account.
Mrs Turner, 45, said: “We were sent an email to confirm a meeting on Friday and it’s going to be us and nine other families meeting Sir Bruce and local area team director for Bristol Anthony Farnsworth.
“It’s good that we have finally secured a meeting with the medical director of the NHS, but we did ask him to meet us at the end of 2012 when it was just us and the Jenkins family, so it’s quite upsetting that it is now ten families who want answers.”
The Turners are also calling for a public inquiry after hearing in an inquest how staff failed to pick up signs of Sean’s worsening condition.
A petition calling for an inquiry into the Bristol Royal Infirmary can be found at : www.luke jenkins.