NHS Weekend Staffing Levels Blamed in Septic Shock Death

Margaret Gleeson, aged 70 died following a routine operation at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan in October 2015.

Yesterday Bolton Coroners Court heard families question doctors on weekend staffing levels during the weekend when there was only one medical team looking after patients as opposed to three during weekdays.

Mr Sadasivam Loganathan a consultant surgeon at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is reported to have told the inquest, “we are in the process of trying to increase the medical staffing over the weekend” and “You cannot give the patients the attention they deserve”.

The coroner will need to consider whether the staffing levels contributed to death, the inquest continues and is expected to conclude tomorrow.

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