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Hospital death inquest

An inquest into the death of a man, who suffered a fatal haemorrhage while waiting to undergo an operation at Northampton General Hospital, is drawing to a close.

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Coroner slams Northampton hospital

The Northamptonshire Senior Coroner has criticised Northampton General Hospital for its treatment of a man who died while waiting for an operation.

63-year-old Mike Martin's family say he arrived at Accident and Emergency in agony but didn't see a doctor for five and a half hours.

At the inquest into his death, Coroner Anne Pember called the delay "unacceptable" and said the lost opportunity to treat Mr Martin could have increased his chance of survival.

"Due to unacceptable delays before he was seen by a Doctor and a subsequent delay in obtaining a bariatric operating table there was a failure to treat him.

This represented a lost opportunity to treat him which could have increased his chance of survival."

– Anne Pember, Northamptonshire Senior Coroner

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