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Child dies at Essex hospital after 'medication error'

A 10-year-old child has died at a hospital in Essex after a medication error, it's been reported.

The incident at Basildon Hospital is being investigated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It's been reported in some newspapers that the child had been given the wrong medication, however the cause of death is still being investigated.

The hospital has also reported to the CQC another incident where the care we delivered to a child did not meet the required standard.

Clare Panniker, the hospital's chief executive, said: “I want to ensure that every child coming to Basildon Hospital is given the best possible care. We are working hard to strengthen our paediatric services to make sure this is achieved.”

A spokesman for the CQC said: "CQC is aware of the death of a 10-year-old child following treatment at Basildon University Hospital. The trust informed CQC about the death and of the action it had taken as a result.

"CQC is monitoring the trust very closely and carried out an unannounced inspection at the trust on Saturday, 3 November.

"A report of our inspectors' full findings will be published in due course. We are also liaising with our partner agencies with regard to the trust and will take any appropriate action where this is deemed necessary."