Report criticises out-of-hours GP who refused to visit disabled woman before her death

The Health Service Ombudsman has criticised an out-of-hours GP for refusing to visit a disabled 23-year-old woman days before being admitted to Basildon Hospital where she died, despite pleas from her mother.

Tina Papalabropoulos, who suffered from learning disabilities, epilepsy, a form of dwarfism and an abnormal curvature of the spine died in January 2009.

Her mother Mrs Papalabropoulos says that doctors see people with learning disabilities only as an "existance".

She believes the serious failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have highlighted the problem: "Vulnerable people like my daughter have been suffering this kind of care for decades.

It seems like all of their skills go out of the window when they get a child with a disability."

Advertisement

Report 'slams' Basildon Hospital

Basildon Hospital has been criticised by the Health Service Ombudsman for "missing any opportunity" to save the life of a 23-year-old patient who died at the hospital in 2009. The hospital is under investigation for higher-than-expected death rates.