Friday, 21 May 2010

Saravanakumar Sellappan Care Failure


Dear Sir/Madam,

Horrified to read this story today:

“'Nothing was done'

Mr Jafferjee also called into question the standard of care the dying man received at Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was given a "plainly cursory" examination.

He said: "The sheer pain Mr Sellappan had been suffering when entering was the pain of a fractured skull and the underlying brain injury.

"He was given a leaflet about head injuries. Because the hospital had run out of leaflets for adults, he was given a child's leaflet."

He continued: "The doctor simply told him just to go home and look after himself. He started to cry because he was obviously in pain and nothing was being done."

He said the next morning a friend found him unconscious in bed and took him to another hospital, where he died despite an operation. “

I wonder if you would reassure me by detailing the various steps you have taken or will be taking to prevent such a catastrophic failure from happening again?

Yours sincerely,

Illinois Cook

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