HSE ad­mits li­a­bil­ity af­ter man’s death


Bray People - - News -

THE FAM­ILY of a 39-year-old man who died of heart prob­lems some six months af­ter be­ing treated with aspirin for ‘ atyp­i­cal chest pain’ has re­ceived €302,500 in set­tle­ment of their High Court action against the Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive (HSE).

It was claimed St Colum­cille’s Hospi­tal, Lough­lin­stown, was neg­li­gent at the time of Alan Cum­mins’s ad­mis­sion in 2004, and should have di­ag­nosed his con­di­tion as re­quir­ing ur­gent in-pa­tient in­ves­ti­ga­tion and/or sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

Mr. Cum­mins’s wife Hazel, of Kil­bride Grove, Bray, Co. Wick­low, had brought pro­ceed­ings on be­half of her fam­ily over his death.

The HSE con­ceded li­a­bil­ity. It was claimed Mr. Cum­mins, a se­cu­rity guard, had at­tended his GP com­plain­ing of se­vere chest pain on June 9, 2004. He was re­ferred to the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment of St Colum­cille’s Hospi­tal. On June 10, an as­sess­ment took place and he was given some aspirin.

Ex­am­in­ing doc­tors con­cluded he was suf­fer­ing from ‘atyp­i­cal chest pain’ and later dis­charged him back to the care of his GP.

On De­cem­ber 23, 2.004, while he was work­ing, Mr. Cum­mins col­lapsed and was found dead by a work col­league. An in­quest con­cluded his death was due to heart dis­ease.

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