Father calls for urgent changes after son's death

The parents of a boy with autism who died, after they claim doctors misdiagnosed him, say they want a change in the law so that medical professionals are trained in how to treat seriously ill children with special needs.

Four-year-old Harry Procko from Nottingham died at home in June last year. He had been admitted to the Queens Medical Centre with a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhoea

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Hospital orders independent review into care of four-year-old boy with autism

In a statement, the trust which runs the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham says its original investigation found no negligent practice by staff involved in Harry Procko's care but says it's addressing weaknesses.

The hospital has commissioned a separate independent review, the findings of which they will discuss with the family.

“We have completed our own detailed investigation of Harry’s care. An external independent expert has carefully considered our investigation of this case and Report. We have since commissioned a separate external, independent review into Harry’s clinical management while in our care in June 2014. We are awaiting this Report.

“Our investigation found no negligent practice by staff involved in Harry’s care. The Report describes some weaknesses in our processes, which we are addressing, and we did not take a blood test which was originally planned. Harry received regular observations and oral fluid in both ED and the children’s assessment ward. Harry’s condition was judged to have to have improved on the ward.

“The blood test was no longer thought necessary by the doctors looking after him. Our doctors agreed that he could return home overnight. On the ward the following morning a consultant judged that Harry was then well enough to be discharged from hospital without a blood test.

“We have discussed the main findings of our investigation with Harry’s family and shared the full Report with the family and Coroner. We will share the second Report with the family and Coroner as soon as this is available. The Trust continues to assist the Coroner with her investigation into Harry’s death and will contribute to the forthcoming inquest.”

– Peter Homa, Chief Executive, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

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