Manchester

Family's seven year Wythenshawe Hospital death wait

Barbara Finegan
Image caption Mrs Finegan was being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

A 66-year-old hospital patient reacted "as if she had been given poison" to a painkiller prescribed hours before her death, an inquest heard.

Barbara Finegan was being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at Wythenshawe Hospital but began complaining of abdominal pain.

A doctor prescribed codeine but did not examine her, her son Steve Finegan told Manchester Coroner's Court.

Her condition worsened and she died a few hours later. The hearing continues.

The hearing marks the culmination of a seven-year battle by the family of Mrs Finegan, from Sale, Greater Manchester.

Her family were not happy with her care and campaigned for an inquest, despite the fact her body was cremated in 2004.

Permission for the inquest was granted by the Ministry of Justice in 2009 under section 15 of the Coroners Act 1988.

'Coughed up blood'

Mrs Finegan's son, Steve, told the hearing that his mother had been admitted to the hospital, now called University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) with COPD in June 2004.

He said she had been feeling better after six days of treatment but began complaining of abdominal pain.

A doctor prescribed a painkiller called codeine but did not examine Mrs Finegan, he added.

Mr Finegan told coroner Nigel Meadows that her condition worsened over the next few hours, adding that it was "as if she had been given poison".

She subsequently lost her vision and began coughing up blood before her death a few hours later.

The inquest continues.

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