High Court due to rule on case of Carmel Bloom who died in Clayhall hospital in 2002

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Bernard Bloom has been campaigning for 12 years Bernard Bloom has been campaigning for 12 years

A brother will find out this afternoon if his campaign for a new inquest into his sister’s hospital death has been successful after 12 years.

A High Court is expected to rule at about 3pm on the case of Carmel Bloom, who died at a BUPA hospital in Roding Lane South, Clayhall, in 2002, which is now known as Spire Roding Hospital.

Her inquest found she died of septicaemia while being treated for a kidney stone, but her brother has always believed medical negligence was to blame.

The original ruling was quashed and a narrative verdict returned at an inquest in 2005.

The most recent verdict attributed Mrs Bloom's death to "a progression of pre-operative infection following surgery, to which the absence of post-operative intubation, monitoring and ventilation contributed."

But Mr Bloom, of High Road, Chigwell, has argued further evidence needs to be considered.

The High Court hearing was granted after the attorney general’s office agreed there was sufficient new evidence to warrant a fresh inquest.


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