Sacking after child’s death at Doncaster hospital

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A member of staff has been sacked after the death of a four-year-old boy at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

An investigation is still under way into the incident, and the death of the little boy from Balby has been referred to Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Board.

DRI classed the circumstances surrounding Daniel Lewis Hames’ death in March as a ‘Serious Incident’ but refused to give any further details when the death was reported in May.

A report set to be discussed at a Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust board of governors’ meeting said: “The member of staff that had been dismissed could face disciplinary action from their professional body.”

The results of a post mortem examination are pending before an inquest into the death can be concluded.

A spokesperson for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have concluded our internal investigation and acted upon its findings. 

“We have also shared our findings with Daniel’s family and the coroner.  

“There will be an inquest in due course and the coroner’s findings will be considered in detail so we learn all possible lessons.  

“This was a tragic event and we are determined to ensure nothing like this happens again, which is why we have taken and will continue to take all appropriate action. We once again offer our sincere condolences to Daniel’s family.”

Definitions of a ‘serious incident’ include unexpected or unavoidable death of one or more patients, staff or visitors where natural causes are not suspected and to determine if the incident contributed to the death.

The Trust has the highest number of ‘serious incidents’ in the region with 61 between July 2011 and November 2012.