Incompetent NHS doctors kill woman by stopping her treatment

The doctors who treated her were Christian Akubuine, Bakhtawar Shah Khattak and Vivake Roddah so, putting on my onomastic hat, it sounds like she was treated by a West African, a Pakistani and an Indian. So it sounds very much like this is yet another case of poorly-trained overseas doctors at work. The NHS is full of them

A YOUNG woman texted photos of herself slowly dying from Meningococcal Septicaemia while she lay suffering on a hospital bed, ignored by doctors. Jo Dowling, 25, sent her mother and best friend 40 messages, icluding pictures of a deadly growing rash on her skin, The Sun reports.

Ms Dowling was taken to hospital in Milton Keynes, England, with suspected meningitis after developing a purple skin rash and low blood pressure last November. However, doctors there rejected her GP’s diagnosis and told her she had a mild infection caused by her Cystic Fibrosis.

They stopped the course of penicillin her GP had prescribed and instead gave her headache tablets and fluids and left her on the observation ward. As the hours passed terrified Ms Dowling took photos of her worsening rash on her mobile phone. Fluid filled her lungs and she died four hours after her last text message, and 14 hours after being admitted to hospital.

Her family accused the hospital of neglect after an inquest at Milton Keynes Coroners’ Court was told that doctors failed to spot she was suffering “blood poisoning shock”. Deputy Coroner Tom Osborne criticised the hospital for a “communication breakdown” that led to her death. A simple dose of penicillin and antibiotics could have saved Ms Dowling’s life.

Ms Dowling’s mother, Sue Christie, said: “Our doctor knew it was meningitis but when we got to hospital all the care seemed to stop. “They didn’t seem to know what they were meant to do or what meningococcal septicaemia was. “The hospital was saying it was just an infection. She had a lot of infections with Cystic Fibrosis but never a rash like this.

“I saw her picture messages and the rash was really bad. You couldn’t miss them but the nurses did. I thought she was in hospital and with the best people. “She wasn’t given a chance and was left to die without being given any treatment.”

Mr Osborne ruled that Ms Dowling had died from a combination of Meningococcal Septicaemia and Cystic Fibrosis. “As a result of a breakdown in communication the antibiotics was not continued and resulted in lost opportunities to render further medical treatment.”

A spokesman for Milton Keynes Hospital said: “Following Joanne’s unexpected death, the Trust conducted a comprehensive internal investigation to review her care and treatment. “The findings of the investigation were presented in detail at the inquest today and the recommendations are already being implemented. “The trust fully accepts the verdict of the inquest.”


The Carbon Bonanza. More government work for the UEA: not only CRU but LCIC too

Like the Royal Society of London, which has turned itself into little more than an agent of government, some parts of our universities seem to be going the same way on board the ‘CO2 is bad’ bandwagon.

Despite the inconvenient lack of a climate signal due to human-released CO2, the carbon campaign unleashed by the IPCC trundles on, with fabulous sums of money being assigned to it. One participant enjoying the bonanza is the University of East Anglia (UEA). We have all heard more than was edifying about CRU, but there is a newer kid on their block: the [British] Low Carbon Innovation Centre (LCIC).

The LCIC could easily be part of a government department under the previous administration, the major climate-related follies of which seem set to be continued by the new one. And like government departments involved in the CO2 madness, they have no hesitation in peddling their wares to schoolchildren, despite the law against political indoctrination in education.

The LCIC website has (at the time of this posting) a banner with a sequence of 8 pictures, at least 2 of which show government ministers from the previous Labour government of the UK: Benn, Clark, and Miliband (Ed). The picture of Benn could have been modelled on Soviet agitprop from the 1930s: his fist in the air, behind rows of happy children also with their arms in the air in gestures of solidarity. Truly the people are marching forward to the sunlit uplands under the guidance of their wise masters. (They will of course need all the sun they can get if renewable energy continues to divert resources from more sensible methods of mass energy production such as coal, gas, and nuclear.)

They describe three areas of activity:

(1) Cred

The CRed System is the perfect tool to engage large communities of residents and workforces to reduce their carbon emissions and is ideally suited to address the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, NI 185 and NI186 and other National Indicators as well as more informal community-based commitments. It therefore meets the low carbon intentions of both public and private sector organisations with over 70 carbon reduction pledges to assist behaviour change. Each pledge pathway addresses aspects of domestic and business emissions including transport, energy consumption, food, waste and water offering efficiency advice on giving accurate savings figures.

(2) Innovation Funds

East of England Low Carbon Venture Capital Fund

In June 2009, UEA, through the Low Carbon Innovation Centre (LCIC), was provisionally appointed as Fund Operator for an exciting new investment fund in the East of England. This appointment, which follows UEA’s success in running the Carbon Connections programme has now been formalised and since the summer, the UEA team, led by LCIC’s Chief Executive Dr Chris Harrison, has been working hard with EEDA to obtain government approval for the Fund. With approval in place, the next stage was to appoint a Fund Manager who will be responsible for raising private money for co-investment into innovative, regional SMEs alongside investments from the £8M pot from the European Regional Development Funds. The fund will have a broad low-carbon remit and be capable of supporting a wide range of new and established companies in their low carbon activities and products through equity investments.

Carbon Connections Fund

Designed specifically to stimulate and support the transfer of knowledge from the university research sector into public and private sector organisations, the Carbon Connections fund supports innovative projects involving technology or services development, proof-of-concept, prototyping or testing. From August 2009, projects will typically be supported up to a maximum of £50,000 subject to agreement of terms. The Carbon Connections fund is operated by LCIC in collaboration with Carbon Connections UK Limited.

[Carbon Connections UK Limited is a company registered in England, Company no.5906083 whose registered office is at The University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom. See here, where they assert ‘Climate change affects us all and we need to act now to drastically reduce our carbon output.’ – a banality followed by a non-sequitur. Dontcha just love higher education!]

(3) Carbon Consulting

Our services include; organisational and management reviews of carbon reduction potential; carbon footprinting for your organisation and its products; climate change mitigation and adaptation planning; long and short term staff and community engagement programmes designed to deliver and measure impact; evaluation for both technological and behavioural carbon reduction initiatives; and technology evaluation and options appraisal.

Here they are at work, doing some ‘behavioural change’ stuff for some local schools in Norfolk (Hat tip: thanks for this to reader Dave Ward):

Norfolk Evening News, 27 July 2010

Dave Ward adds:

“We have 2 local daily papers here in Norfolk – the Evening News, and the Eastern Daily Press (EDP). Both come under the Archant umbrella, and are edited in the same offices in the centre of the city. They are also printed in the same building on the outskirts ….

The interesting thing is the rather different editorial policies – the EDP has a much wider coverage and is traditionally Tory supporting, as is most of Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire. The EEN as we call it (used to be the Eastern Evening News) is aimed primarily at the City and suburbs, which are largely Labour territory, although that changed at the last election.

If you only read the EEN you would know little of the UEA CRU “leak” … The EDP, by contrast, has featured the saga in quite a bit more detail…”

I imagine the faithful run these outreach missions to schools, armed with their computer outputs showing terrible times ahead, and able to pick, like a Thought for the Day speaker, on some recent disaster such as a flood or a famine to drive home the relevance of their message.

The immediate result is that the youngsters go home wanting to monitor energy use, but the real impact involves their being told what to do, what to believe, and to take it for granted that energy consumption must be reduced. Despite our potential abundance of energy from many sources, energy which is not only important for our way of life, and our industrial competitiveness, but which also strengthens our ability to respond to whatever the climate may bring. Including, in particular, the possibility of appreciably cooler weather. This readiness is put at risk by fatuous talk of humans controlling the climate itself.



About jonjayray

I am former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party. The kneejerk response of the Green/Left to people who challenge them is to say that the challenger is in the pay of "Big Oil", "Big Business", "Big Pharma", "Exxon-Mobil", "The Pioneer Fund" or some other entity that they see, in their childish way, as a boogeyman. So I think it might be useful for me to point out that I have NEVER received one cent from anybody by way of support for what I write. As a retired person, I live entirely on my own investments. I do not work for anybody and I am not beholden to anybody
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