Yesterday the family of Luigi Belcuore, from Warwickshire, received Clinical Negligence Compensation from Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as the Trust admitted Mr Belcoure's death could have been avoided.
Mr Belcoure died in October 2009 following knee surgery when attempts to close the wound went wrong at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire. The surgeon operating, Prof James Richardson failed to follow guidelines and closed the wound using a spray-gun device which was not in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and he also used the wrong sized needle. The technique caused an air bubble to form and to stop Mr Belcoure's heart, causing his death.
I was on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio this morning commenting on the GMC's investigation into the conduct of Prof Richardson. Prof Richardson's conduct highlights the danger of doctors failing to follow guidelines despite their experience and it is only right that the GMC are investigating his fitness to practice.