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Medical negligence led to death of diabetic woman

The widower of a diabetic woman, who died from medical negligence after simple blood tests were not carried out, has called for lessons to be learned.

An undisclosed settlement has been reached and paid by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust following admission of liability.

Tests should have been carried out which would have shown that the diabetic mother of three’s blood sugar levels had fallen.

The failure to carry out this test resulted in irreversible brain damage and Mrs Pitt died in November 2010.

The inquest in Mrs Pitt’s death ruled that the nurse sister Jackie Charman’s actions were a ‘gross failure to provide basic medical treatment'; her failure to act resulted in medical negligence.

Mrs Pitt lived with Type 1 diabetes for 35 years.

She was admitted to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch after beginning to feel unwell.

She was stabilised in intensive care and moved to a ward for on-going tests. However, these tests were not carried out according to guidelines.

Mrs Pitt was found collapsed and unconscious days later and was rushed back to intensive care. It was discovered that she had suffered severe brain injuries and the family were informed that nothing could be done for her.

Mrs Pitt was transferred to a hospice where she passed away.

The case has now been handed to the Nurse and Midwifery Council for investigation. It is expected that they will reach a decision in the autumn.

David Pitt, Mrs Pitt’s husband, has called for lessons to be learned by the trust.

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