Deirdre Malone acts in inquests that make recommendations for change in national policy and return a verdict of 'pure neglect'

Friday 21 October 2011

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Critical Narrative and Rule 43 recommendations for change in national policy after the inquest into the death in custody of Junior Jermaine McNeil Cartwright

Deirdre Malone represented the family of Junior Jermaine McNeil Cartwright a 22 year old inmate at HMP Wealstun. The Jury returned a very critical narrative recording that they were "particularly concerned at the failure to implement further checks into Junior's blood pressure despite two initially high readings" even though those readings had been deemed 'abnormal'. They were also critical of the fact that the medical staff failed to call a 'Code Blue' which would have signified the critical nature of the incident. After hearing the evidence the Coroner was moved to make two Rule 43 recommendations; the first increasing the number of emergency bags in the prison (the current amount of 4 being described as 'woefully inadequate') and the second recommending the national implementation of a 'Code Purple' system where there is an inmate who has sustained both 'bleeding' and 'breathing' injuries, bringing the Prison Code system in line with that used by the emergency services.

Deirdre Malone was instructed by Lester Morrill.

Pure 'neglect' verdict after a 'catalogue of failures' in the death of Leonard Guest at Pinderfields Hospital.

Deirdre Malone represented the family of Leonard Guest a patient at Pinderfields Hospital. Mr. Guest had been admitted after sustaining a head injury but was discharged on the same day despite a CT scan clearly showing an acute bilateral subdural haemotoma. He was also prescribed Warfarin (an anti-coagulant) by a doctor who had neither examined him nor reviewed his notes. The Coroner described the events as a 'catalogue of failures' and returned a free-standing neglect verdict.

Deirdre Malone was instructed by Nelsons.

Deirdre Malone is a member of Garden Court's Inquests Team.

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