Toddler's death was "avoidable"

Two year old Alice Mason died because of a series of failures at three London hospitals Credit: Family handout

A coroner has said a toddler died because of a series of failures at three London hospitals. Two year old Alice Mason survived surgery to remove a brain tumour but weeks later doctors failed to diagnose fluid on the brain.

Recording a narrative verdict, the coroner said consultants at Kingston, Royal Marsden and St George's hospital had failed in their leadership and that Alice's death was avoidable.

The coroner made a regulation 28 report to NHS London with a copy to the Care Quality Commission outlining a "risk of future death" unless concerns about practices were addressed.