No doc­tors for Fran­cis

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE -

A BOY badly in­jured af­ter be­ing hit in the head by a golf club dur­ing a trip was re­turned to Smyl­lum in­stead of be­ing taken for med­i­cal treat­ment, it’s been claimed.

A wit­ness claims nuns de­cided against tak­ing Fran­cis McColl, 13, to hos­pi­tal in 1961. He said: “It was the last day of our trip when Fran­cis was hurt by ac­ci­dent. I don’t know why, but he was taken back to Smyl­lum in­stead of go­ing to a doc­tor.”

The next day, Fran­cis was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal but died from brain in­juries a week later.

His brother Ed­die said it was in­dica­tive of a “cruel regime which didn’t care about the kids.”

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