£15K PAY­OUT DO­NATED TO CHAR­ITY

The People - - News Features -

June 2015. Basildon and Thur­rock Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust de­nied al­le­ga­tions of care fail­ings.

But af­ter a three-year le­gal bat­tle the trust has agreed to pay his fam­ily the £15,000 in an out-of-court set­tle­ment.

Roberta said: “My fa­ther was full of life and a very in­de­pen­dent man.

“He would have still been here with us to­day if it wasn’t for the in­jury caused at Basildon Hos­pi­tal. What hap­pened has dev­as­tated our fam­ily. We haven’t even had an apol­ogy.”

Mr Gold, whose wife Joyce died from cancer in 2002, served with the RAF in the Sec­ond World War, driv­ing trucks with parts for ar­moury and planes.

In April 1945 he helped to lib­er­ate Ber­gen-belsen con­cen­tra­tion camp in north­ern Ger­many, where thou­sands of un­buried bod­ies were found along with 60,000 starv­ing pris­on­ers.

He left the RAF in 1946 and worked as a TV en­gi­neer be­fore be­com­ing a black cab driver in 1965.

When aged 82, three yobs tried to rob him of his taxi tak­ings at gun­point – but he re­fused to let go of the money and even­tu­ally they gave up.

Next day the dad-of-two was back at work and con­tin­ued to drive cabs in Lon­don’s East End un­til re­tir­ing at 88.

Fam­ily so­lic­i­tor Emma Jones, of Leigh Day, said the treat­ment and care Mr Gold re­ceived were “below stan­dard” and there were “se­ri­ous is­sues” over med­i­cal records and miss­ing notes.

Af­ter the in­jury to Mr Gold’s knee, his fam­ily say he was dis­charged with­out proper treat­ment, lead­ing to him be­ing read­mit­ted within 24 hours.

They also claim his im­mo­bil­ity put him at greater risk of pneu­mo­nia, yet al­lege staff failed to min­imise the risk by help­ing him to sit in a chair at least once a day in sub­se­quent hos­pi­tal stays.

When he did de­velop pneu­mo­nia in his third hos­pi­tal stay, the fam­ily say it went un­no­ticed and he was dis­charged. By the time he was read­mit­ted, two days later, he had de­vel­oped sep­sis.

He re­cov­ered but suf­fered re­peated bouts of pneu­mo­nia till it killed him.

Mum-of-two Roberta, of Brent­wood, Es­sex, said: “Dad would have done any­thing for any­body and for him to be treated like this by the NHS, which failed him so badly, has been heart­break­ing.”

A trust spokesman said: “We can con­firm that the set­tle­ment of a claim brought by Mr Gold’s fam­ily has been agreed be­tween the par­ties.

“The terms of the set­tle­ment are con­fi­den­tial to the par­ties and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment in de­tail.

“We would like to ex­press our sin­cere sym­pa­thy to Mr Gold’s fam­ily. The death of a loved one is a cause of great sad­ness in any cir­cum­stance.”

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