§ 25. Mr. Cronin
asked the Minister of Health why a small child, Nigel Haywood, who died shortly afterwards when recently taken to Loughborough General Hospital suffering from acute poisoning, was given no treatment nor first aid but referred to his private doctor; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
As my hon. Friend knows the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board has appointed a committee of inquiry into this case and hope to receive its report early in the New Year.
§ Mr. Cronin
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that as this tragic incident happened several months ago it is absolutely incomprehensible to the people of Loughborough that there should be such a long delay in publishing the results of the inquiry?
§ Mr. Robinson
I am glad to have this opportunity of explaining. The child died on 23rd-24th September. The hospital board appointed a committee of inquiry on 11th October. I understand it is making good progress. It has to interview a doctor who is absent abroad but is expected to return in January. The committee hopes to complete the report and present it to the board before the end of January.