Petitioning Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and 1 other

Stop Child Death Cover Ups. Justice for Ben Condon!

Please sign our petition calling on the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and the Government to investigate Bristol Children's Hospital to hold neglectful parties responsible for Ben's death and the subsequent cover up and ensure other families don't suffer the way we have.

NHS Child Death Cover Up Audio

The Coroner Cover Up

Victoria Derbyshire show

LBC Radio

The Cover up Presentation

In 2015 our son Benjamin Condon died at Bristol Children's Hospital aged 2 months old and subsequently hospital staff plotted a cover up of the details of Ben's death to avoid admitting the truth and their own failings in care.

Within minutes of Ben dying we asked would there be a post mortem and staff convinced us it was not necessary as they were 100% sure of the cause of death. We believe at this stage staff were already aware of what actions they would take.

At a Child Death Review 8 weeks after Ben died a report was created by 12 attending professionals admitting the real cause of Ben's death from Pseudomonas Sepsis. 12 months later all staff attending an inquest colluded to tell an entirely different story to the Avon Coroner. A story that that said Pseudononas played no part in his death and a story the Coroner believed.

Hospital staff failed to tell our family that Ben had developed a hospital acquired super infection until 7 weeks after Ben had died but informed us that the infection was not known until after death. 12 months later it was eventually discovered that the infection was reported several hours before death and despite antibiotics being prescribed for chest sepsis staff forgot to administer them. They had promised our family for days that antibiotics would be started to cover a secondary bacterial infection that they told us they believed Ben had. They also left Ben hypothermic for 12 hours on several of the days in hospital with a temperature as low as 34 degrees for a neonate. 

Hospital staff claim that they were not aware of the infection before death and later claimed the result had been filed in a 'hidden report'. Despite eventually admitting it was reported before death the CEO of Bristol Trust claimed that this information was only known by a trainee who never shared it with anyone. This is despite senior Consultants later admitting that they knew. In a meeting 6 weeks after Ben died they told us that they only knew after death but following the meeting internal emails were sent confirming they knew before. We would only receive these emails 12 months later.

Despite being aware of a hospital acquired super-infection prior to Ben dying staff failed to ever inform our family, failed to include the infection in any medical notes and failed to add it to the death certificate. With the knowledge staff had, a clear attempt was made to avoid a post Mortem. 

It took the hospital 10 weeks to provide us with a death summary which documents the infection was only discovered days after death a story the CEO of the Trust was still telling 12 months later. Despite all being lies. 

Listen to the recording which shows they have been lying. Pseudomonas recording

Staff also reassured our family in a meeting 6 weeks after Ben died that Ben could not have been suffering from an infection until the day he died as blood tests showed a negative result. Tests were never taken and hospital staff had lied to portray a better standard of care. Despite glaring lies, no disciplinary action was ever taken. 

Listen to Consultants lie about tests that were never taken. Blood test audio

Blood Test Lies

In a further meeting 3 months after Ben died we left the room for a break and staff admitted on recording that our family were right and that antibiotics should have Been given days earlier. Staff then realised a recording was still on and asked for it to be deleted or 'it could get us in to difficulty'. They then realised our recording was still on and after a failed attempt to delete conceded by saying 'I cannot delete it without deleting the whole recording'. Despite this clear breach of candour, no disciplinary action was ever taken. Internal investigations which followed stated the comments were made in haste with no real intention to delete. 

Hospital Staff Attempt To Delete Recording 

Hiding Evidence

Discovering The Cover Up

Benjamin Condon Cover Up

6 months after Ben died during a 4th meeting, a Consultant reviewing the case admitted that antibiotics should have been given much earlier. He also explained that having spoken to all of his colleagues they all agree in future that they would give them earlier. He told our family that Ben had been developing an infection right there in front of them and that he was sorry on behalf of the hospital they had failed to treat it. He also explained that 'had antibiotics been given, Ben stood a much better chance, he has to doesn't he'. Following these admissions, University Hospital Bristol completely changed their focus as to how Ben died. The same Consultant was also asked as to whether antibiotics would have made a difference at the inquest and he told the Coroner 'I doubt it'

Listen to Consultants lie about antibiotics and the timing of an air leak to cover colleagues failings. 

Antibiotics Cover Up

Air Leak Cover Up

Despite all of the above admissions and the conclusive Child Death Review report, all staff attending the inquest told the Coroner that Ben had died of an air leak around his heart which had caused a cardiac arrest despite telling us previously 'there is no way we can say that air leak was there before the cardiac arrest'. All attending who had treated Ben said there was never any sign of an infection and antibiotics would have made no difference. 

Staff at University Hospital Bristol also removed references to failings from reports, refused to provide our family with documents disclosing failings until after the inquest and lied on internal emails to colleagues suggesting a post mortem was never requested.

If someone in any other industry covered a child's death, there would be outrage. NHS staff should not be exempt or protected if they are involved in such appalling behaviour.

During our 2 year battle we have discovered the black hole that exists where no one is held accountable and families do not get answers. We want to ensure that our little boy who was failed by the system and the individuals gets the justice he deserves and a law to be put in place to prevent future cover ups. We want to see appropriate accountability to those involved. 

Our aim is to have Ben's case presented to parliament and the whole case reviewed. Despite our clear presentation of failings to the University Hospital Bristol Trust CEO Robert Woolley they refuse to answer even the most basic of questions, refuse to release documents on the advice of legal teams and have failed to ever fully get to grips with Ben's case. 

One independent review carried out by Verita an investigation company provided a damning report about the behaviour of hospital staff and senior management but the Trust have failed to appropriately follow up on the report and have failed to carry out some of the recommendation. No disciplinary action was taken following the report.

Verita Investigation

Verita Full Report 

Please sign our petition calling on the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and the Government to investigate Bristol Children's Hospital to hold neglectful parties responsible for Ben's death and the subsequent cover up and ensure other families don't suffer the way we have.

A previous meeting was held with Jeremy Hunt where he promised our family he would not just let the cover up of Ben's death go away. No action was ever taken.

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