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Clinicians CRIMINALLY Charged for Not Resuscitating Patient

The UK Crown Prosecution Service has made the extremely unusual step to criminally charge three clinicians for accidentally failing to resuscitate six-year-old Jack Adcock.

The clinicians mixed up Jack with another child who was subject to a DNR order at Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital.  Jack died February 18, 2011.

Fiona Morrison, Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS Special Crime Division, said:  

“We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by Leicestershire Police into the treatment and care of Jack Adcock . . . .”

“Having completed our review, we have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Dr Bawa-Garba, Sister Taylor and Staff Nurse Amaro to each face charges of gross negligence manslaughter. The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

The defendants  will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, January 23, 2015.

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