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Goldthorpe Mum Takes Health Complaint To Parliament

Thursday January 3 2013


John Healey MP and Angela Duggan outside parliament John Healey MP and Angela Duggan outside parliament


THE mum of a Goldthorpe toddler who has been told it is unlikely her son will ever speak has taken her complaint about the health service to parliament.

Andrea Duggan - mum to Vinny - joined local MP John Healey in the House of Commons to call for changes to the NHS complaints process.

The family is demanding answers over the way Vinny (now two) was treated in the few days after his birth at Doncaster hospital in August 2010.

The couple complained in October 2010 and, while the hospital’s internal investigation concluded there were ‘no real concerns’ about Vinny’s care, in recent weeks acting chief executive Mike Pinkerton has apologised and acknowledged care “fell well below the standard [they] had a right to expect.”

John told MPs in the Commons: “Mr and Mrs Duggan have been battling since Vinny was born and Vinny himself has been fighting for his very life.

“This is a little lad is so full of life. I was with the family on Saturday – he was smiling and laughing and climbing on the sofa and climbing on me.

“But he has very serious congenital heart and lung conditions, brain damage likely to have been caused by lack of oxygen and is unlikely ever to be able to speak.

“Like so many other parents what they principally wanted was an explanation, not retribution or compensation. But like many parents they are driven down the route of trying to get answers through the courts and that’s what they are having to do.”

Mr and Mrs Duggan were concerned soon after Vinny was born because he was blue, not feeding properly and very sleepy.

The next day he was diagnosed with a heart murmur but released against the wishes of the Duggans, who wanted him to have more tests.

The couple took him back to Doncaster hospital two days later when his condition had not improved.

The initial assessment on Vinny was incomplete and he was classified ‘non-urgent’ – meaning he was last to be seen by a doctor more than five hours later.

When eventually tested he was found to have a very high heart rate and transferred straight away to Leeds General Infirmary, who found he had a series of life-threatening heart and lung conditions.

Vinny underwent open heart and major lung surgery and was in Leeds hospital for five months, including six weeks in intensive care and 10 in high dependency.

Health minister Daniel Poulter said: “Two years is an unacceptable amount of time to wait for an apology or for an adequate explanation for what went wrong. What patients want when things go wrong is a sincere apology and an explanation as to why things happened. We need to know that a mistake has been recognised, that there has been an apology and that lessons have been learned for the future.”

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Reply Posted by kelly hubbard on Thursday January 3 2013 at 13:11
my friend seems 2 have gone threw simerlar a process leaving her son autistic threw lack ov hospital not knowing wat they were doing the was clueless 2 say under trained staff having 2 pick up doctors work loads so ppl suffer at time most would say its life things happen but new borns are r future they need 100% attention 2 boost there life expectancy

Reply Posted by Diane on Thursday January 3 2013 at 14:20
This is a horrible situation, but lack of oxygen at birth does not cause Autism. Brain damage can have similar effects that are sometimes falsely diagnosed as Autism. At the end of the day Autism is not caused by lack of staff knowledge or care it is a genetic condition.

Reply Posted by Skool examinur on Friday January 4 2013 at 08:47
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Kelly Hubbard
my friend seems 2 (to) have gone threw (through) simerlar (similar) a process leaving her son autistic threw (through) lack ov (of) hospital not knowing wat (what) they were doing the (they) was (were) clueless 2 (to) say under trained staff having 2 (to) pick up doctors work loads so ppl (people) suffer at time most would say its life(,) things happen(!) but new borns are r (our) future they need 100% attention 2 (to) boost there life expectancy

Reply Posted by ! on Friday January 4 2013 at 20:21
and you obviously don't know the difference between 'their' and 'there'..........you missed that one !

Reply Posted by louise on Friday January 4 2013 at 10:41
I had similar problem with Barnsley Hospital. My waters went so i went to labour suite, i was there for a couple of hours examined and said waters had not gone but baby heart rate was all over. They said to wait until it settled down to go home.
8 days later i went in to be induced as i was overdue, the ward was too busy for me to start the induction. On the 22nd October i was taken at the moring to labour suite to have waters broken and start on drip. Once there i was put on monitor and the midwife went to broke waters and said there is none, they have already gone. I acknowledged and said yes they went 10 days ago.
The birth of my baby was now in progress and later that morning i had my baby. She wasnt breathing properly, had to have oxygen to help her, she wasnt a normal looking baby as she had skins tags on her face, ears not formed properly, her wrists looked broken as they were facing inwards and down as if no joint there, her foot was oposite to club foot, and had hip displacier.
Once she was cleaned i got my first cuddle and they sent for a consultant who said there was something wrong with her but not sure what. She wouldnt latch on either so was starved for 2 days before taken to SCBU for a tube in nose.

I complained to the hospital about the treatment i received and nothing been left 10days after my waters had gone.
It went know where and was just fobbed off.
I wish i had taken it further

Reply Posted by D H on Friday January 4 2013 at 20:16
i still have night mares after 16 years my daughter was in labour in Barnsley and a woman doctor came in and told her her baby had no head and sent her for a scan, we did not have time to ask for the doctors name she was in and out quickly, and we were in a fluster ,,,,,but she is the brightest girl i have ever met ,,,,and got a head on her

Reply Posted by April on Friday January 4 2013 at 20:17
I'm afraid autism isn't caused by lack of oxygen to the brain... It's a genetic condition.