§ Mrs. Currie
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has about the response made by the Bloomsbury health authority to the complaint that a sick baby, who later died, was discharged from the Middlesex hospital early in 1986, as a result of a shortage of beds for young patients.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
TheDaily Mirror report on this subject on 3 March was misleading.
The Bloomsbury health authority issued a press statement on 3 March. The baby in question was admitted to the Middlesex hospital for 24 hours observation and then discharged. The consultant concerned considered her healthy and well upon discharge — a fact the Daily Mirror belatedly acknowledged on 11 July. The baby tragically died six days after discharge. The authority stated that the baby "was not discharged as a result of pressure on beds". The coroner found no connection between the baby's death and her discharge from hospital.