Widower steps up fight against hospital

Carl Hendrickson with wife Nittaya
Carl Hendrickson with wife Nittaya
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A Leyland man who tragically lost his wife and baby son at a scandal-hit hospital could now use a damning report to support his legal action against a trust.

Carl Hendrickson’s wife Nittaya, 35, and newborn son Chester died at Furness General Hospital in July 2008.

Nittaya suffered an amniotic fluid embolism when fluid from the womb entered her bloodstream.

Baby Chester died the following day.

But the deaths of mothers and babies at the hospital could have been prevented if the health watchdog had done its job properly, an MP claimed.

A report revealed the Care Quality Commission could have deliberately surpressed an internal review which highlighted weaknesses in its inspections of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust hospitals.

It is claimed as many as 16 babies and two mothers died through poor care.

The allegations of a possible cover-up were described as “deeply disturbing and appalling” by the Prime Minister’s spokesman at 10 Downing Street.

Mr Hendrickson, who now lives in Ulverston, would only say: “I am still in litigation with the hospital.”

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “The Care Quality Commission must be viewed as not fit for purpose until the report’s suspicion of a ‘broader and ongoing cover-up’ has been properly investigated.”