HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 c743W
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.