Parents seeking hospital answers given new hope

Andy and Andrea Duggan with their son Vinny, and MP John Healey
Andy and Andrea Duggan with their son Vinny, and MP John Healey
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A legal change could help a South Yorkshire couple seeking answers over their son’s hospital treatment.

Andrea and Andy Duggan’s son Vinny, two, has rare heart, lung and brain problems - and the Goldthorpe couple are fighting for answers over his treatment shortly after birth at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 2010.

A fitness to practise investigation found hospital staff had no case to answer, and the Duggans found they could not appeal the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s initial findings - even though hospital chiefs later admitted Vinny’s care ‘fell well below the standard’.

The Government planned to grant the NMC legal powers to review its own decisions in 2014 - but health secretary Jeremy Hunt has now told Wentworth MP John Healey the changes will come into force as soon as possible.

“I look forward to these legal changes being made in Parliament as soon as possible,” Mr Healey said.