£50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital

£50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital

Neil and Natalya Almond with baby Aaron

Dr Olufemi Dina

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE parents of a baby who died after being delivered at Royal Blackburn Hospital have been awarded more than £50,000.

Dr Olufemi Dina, a locum who delivered Arron Almond during a 10-day period of work at the hospital in 2010, has also lost his appeal against suspension.

Little Aaron died three weeks after his head became stuck for 20 minutes during a breech delivery in the early hours of September 24.

Now mum and dad Neil and Natalya Almond have been given the compensation after the hospital admitted the child would most likely have survived had he been delivered properly.

Because of previous misconduct, Dr Dina, who trained in Nigeria, was subject to various restrictions, including a requirement to inform his professional body of any hospital work he accepted when he delivered baby Arron.

At a hearing in January, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found Dr Dina had breached these conditions by failing to inform the General Medical Council of his posting at Blackburn, failing to arrange necessary supervision from senior staff, and also failing to present bosses with an official assessment of his performance.

His treatment however was not found to have contributed to Arron’s death.

Dr Dina’s 12-month suspension from practicing began in February and an appeal against it has been thrown out. Mr Almond, 36, of Sough Road, Darwen said: “Every time we have tried to fight we have had walls put up in front of us.

“But we have not given in and we have had massive support from friends and family.

“We are obviously pleased Dr Dina has had his appeal turned down.

“We have always hoped he would get struck off and we have to be grateful that this doctor is not working.”

Mr and Mrs Almond remain unhappy that an inquest ruled ‘accidental death’.

Mr Almond said: “Every time we get an apology from the hospital it is from someone I have never heard of.”

Ian Stanley, interim medical director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The trust is unable to comment further on this very sad incident and our thoughts remain with the family.

“Lessons have been learned and changes in practice have been put in place to ensure the safety of all our patients which is of paramount importance to us.

“On the basis of both internal and external investigations, the trust has found no grounds for action against individual doctors.”

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11:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

Frisson says...

Such a shame to go all the way through the pregnancy then for some novice not able to do his job properly and even worse not be charged for manslaughter is beyond belief. RIP to the little baby
Such a shame to go all the way through the pregnancy then for some novice not able to do his job properly and even worse not be charged for manslaughter is beyond belief. RIP to the little baby Frisson
  • Score: 35

1:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

How many more incidents like this do we have to suffer, before the NHS quit bringing poorly qualified staff in from poorly educated countries?
RBH complaints are virtually daily just recently.
They have crippled 2 of my relatives in less than a year, after going in for relatively minor operations.
How many more incidents like this do we have to suffer, before the NHS quit bringing poorly qualified staff in from poorly educated countries? RBH complaints are virtually daily just recently. They have crippled 2 of my relatives in less than a year, after going in for relatively minor operations. thoroughbred
  • Score: 19

1:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

Organisations still continuing to roll out the buzz words of the age "lessons have been learned" when clearly they haven't.
Organisations still continuing to roll out the buzz words of the age "lessons have been learned" when clearly they haven't. HarryBosch
  • Score: 15

1:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ladysal says...

Is it me? How can the Trust admit that if the baby had been delivered properly he would have survived and then say it is nobody's fault?
RIP little one and prayers for your parents that they keep finding the strength to carry on.
Is it me? How can the Trust admit that if the baby had been delivered properly he would have survived and then say it is nobody's fault? RIP little one and prayers for your parents that they keep finding the strength to carry on. ladysal
  • Score: 15

4:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

No system is perfect. But these mistakes seem to be more prevalent today than ever before.
No system is perfect. But these mistakes seem to be more prevalent today than ever before. noddy57
  • Score: 8

7:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

not too old to care says...

My heart goes out to Neil and Natalya. They will never forget little Aaron but hopefully time will help them cope with their loss.
The doctor and any other staff responsible for their scandalous treatment should be struck off indefinitely and should be made liable for any compensation.
My heart goes out to Neil and Natalya. They will never forget little Aaron but hopefully time will help them cope with their loss. The doctor and any other staff responsible for their scandalous treatment should be struck off indefinitely and should be made liable for any compensation. not too old to care
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

I'd suggest the poor procedures did contribute to Arron’s death. a midwife would know how to turn the baby or even undertake a caesarian section in the emergency. Dr Dina, who trained in Nigeria, should NOT have been undertaking ANY hospital activities and therefore it is nothing short of manslaughter. Dina shud have been struck off and as for the apologists at blackburn, they even voted their own hospital as one they would'nt want their relatives or friends to be treated at. we all know why. condolences to the couple,
I'd suggest the poor procedures did contribute to Arron’s death. a midwife would know how to turn the baby or even undertake a caesarian section in the emergency. Dr Dina, who trained in Nigeria, should NOT have been undertaking ANY hospital activities and therefore it is nothing short of manslaughter. Dina shud have been struck off and as for the apologists at blackburn, they even voted their own hospital as one they would'nt want their relatives or friends to be treated at. we all know why. condolences to the couple, Pendlesider
  • Score: 7

11:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Pembrook says...

The whole midwifery department at blackburn are incompetent. Our last child was born at home & the midwives turned up without any instruments & I had to go and get them myself! They did'nt even check the gas & air tanks before starting the delivery (empty) & were totally incompetent all the way through the birth. We complained to the midwives and the local health authority & have heard nothing. That was over 6 months ago. I have zero faith in blackburn nhs & blackburn hospital. Both are a complete waste of time & money.
The whole midwifery department at blackburn are incompetent. Our last child was born at home & the midwives turned up without any instruments & I had to go and get them myself! They did'nt even check the gas & air tanks before starting the delivery (empty) & were totally incompetent all the way through the birth. We complained to the midwives and the local health authority & have heard nothing. That was over 6 months ago. I have zero faith in blackburn nhs & blackburn hospital. Both are a complete waste of time & money. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 5

5:25am Wed 16 Jul 14

KYMER says...

In 1995 my son was born at QPH and unlknown to me his mother was abusing drugs. My son was in ICU for over a week rattling not one docter or nurse asked me if my ex could have been on drugs though they suspected it.My mother and sister worked on the dept and they were not told of the suspicions that Dr and nurses had.My son suffered for 3 yrs and was on sleeping drafts that would have knocked a elephant out.I complianed about my sons treatment and everyone closed ranks.On the day he came home we were just about to get in the car and a nurse came running after us.They had forgotten to do the
In 1995 my son was born at QPH and unlknown to me his mother was abusing drugs. My son was in ICU for over a week rattling not one docter or nurse asked me if my ex could have been on drugs though they suspected it.My mother and sister worked on the dept and they were not told of the suspicions that Dr and nurses had.My son suffered for 3 yrs and was on sleeping drafts that would have knocked a elephant out.I complianed about my sons treatment and everyone closed ranks.On the day he came home we were just about to get in the car and a nurse came running after us.They had forgotten to do the KYMER
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Thu 17 Jul 14

goldiebambino says...

what a pathetic amount for the death of their baby due to the doctors neglect!!
what a pathetic amount for the death of their baby due to the doctors neglect!! goldiebambino
  • Score: 1

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