Newcastle drudge medicine inquest: ‘Risk of serve deaths’


Stephen Pettitt

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Stephen Pettitt died after an operation to correct a valve in his heart

There “remains a risk of serve deaths” from robotic heart surgery, a coroner has warned during an inquisition into a man’s death.

Stephen Pettitt, 69, died after an operation led by Sukumaran Nair during a Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, in 2015.

He was a initial studious in a UK to bear a pioneering treatment.

Recording a account verdict, coroner Karen Dilks pronounced his genocide came as a “direct effect of a operation and a complications”.

“Mr Pettitt died due to complications of an operation to yield mitral valve illness and, in part, since a operation was undertaken with robotic assistance,” she said.

Ms Dilks pronounced Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust should settle a process covering a use of consultant doctors, famous as proctors, brought in to yield recommendation during new procedures.

Two proctors left during Mr Pettitt’s operation and a inquisition listened they could not have intervened in any box as they were not purebred with a General Medical Council.

‘Catalogue of errors’

The coroner also pronounced there was an “absence of any benchmark” for training on new involvement treatments.

In a matter after a inquisition Mr Pettitt’s family pronounced an “investigation suggested a catalog of errors including poignant deficiencies in training and cunning of a surgeon who had achieved a procedure, who was subsequently dismissed”.

“This was compounded by a fact that several watching clinicians left a entertainment partial approach by a procedure, and were therefore incompetent to support when problems arose,” they said.

Ms Dilks will send a array of recommendations to a trust surveying how a policies could be improved.

She will also hit a Royal College of Surgeons and a Department of Health to ask them to cruise either inhabitant discipline should be brought in.


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