Doctor working at A&E on night Petts Wood boy died after downing bottle of rum faces no further action

News Shopper: Timothy Jarvis died after he fell down a flight of stairs after downing a bottle of rum Timothy Jarvis died after he fell down a flight of stairs after downing a bottle of rum

A doctor working at an A&E unit the night a Petts Wood boy died after waiting nearly 90 minutes to be assessed will face no further action.

Timothy Jarvis, 18, of Crofton Lane, died of a head injury on October 11, 2011, days after starting his maths degree at Essex University.

He fell down a flight of stairs after downing a bottle of rum in the university's Wivenhoe campus.

He was taken to Colchester General Hospital, but was not assessed for nearly 90 minutes and died two days later.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust referred Imran Tabrizi, one of the doctors working that evening, to the General Medical Council as a result of the death.

Dr Tabrizi worked for the trust between February 2005 and July 2007.

After that he did occasional shifts as a locum and worked for the trust for the last time on October 31, 2011.

The council's Nicholas Lumley said A&E received a pre-alert from ambulance staff saying Timothy was unconscious, which should have resulted in a trauma team being readied.

Edward Pleeth, Dr Tabrizi’s barrister, said the emergency department was very busy and understaffed, adding Dr Tabrizi was unable to leave other patients to fully assess Timothy.

Dr Tabrizi and other staff members saw Timothy laughing with friends, indicating he was not in need of urgent care.

Dr Tabrizi also noted a serious incident report by the trust identified systematic problems with hospital procedures, and did not criticise any individual doctor.

Mr Pleeth said it was an isolated incident, which did not reflect on Dr Tabrizi’s usual high standard of care and was unlikely to be repeated.

The council's investigation committee decided it was not appropriate to give Dr Tabrizi a warning as a result of the death.

A hospital trust spokesman said: "We would like to offer our sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Timothy .

"As the inquest was told, the trust carried out a thorough internal investigation into his care and developed an action plan to make improvements, which we have already implemented.

"We have improved our rapid assessment and treatment policy and procedures when we receive a pre-alert phone call from the ambulance service and we have publicised them to staff.

"Also, we can quickly increase staff levels in our A&E to cope with spikes in demand."

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7:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Work for the system, face no charges. It's how it the system works. Can you imagine this person facing charges? puts alot of people working for the system.
Work for the system, face no charges. It's how it the system works. Can you imagine this person facing charges? puts alot of people working for the system. white rabbit9
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9:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

It would be interesting to know what his GCS was upon admission.
It would be interesting to know what his GCS was upon admission. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 5

10:50am Sat 1 Mar 14

Krypton says...

Finally an outcome that's fair. I've followed this case from the start and I really feel for the lady who lost her son. Whatever the circumstances are surrounding a child's death, a parent would go all the way to get answers. However, no one considered the impact of this case on that doctor's life. The stress he and his family faced over the last few years while investigations were taking place must have shattered his confidence and put his family under so much unnecessary pressure. A man who dedicated his life to caring for people did not deserve to be treated like a criminal. I hope Mrs Jarvis can get the closure she's been seeking all these years and let her son rest in peace. In addition, I hope Dr Tabrizi can start piecing his life back together and get on with doing what he does best: saving lives
Finally an outcome that's fair. I've followed this case from the start and I really feel for the lady who lost her son. Whatever the circumstances are surrounding a child's death, a parent would go all the way to get answers. However, no one considered the impact of this case on that doctor's life. The stress he and his family faced over the last few years while investigations were taking place must have shattered his confidence and put his family under so much unnecessary pressure. A man who dedicated his life to caring for people did not deserve to be treated like a criminal. I hope Mrs Jarvis can get the closure she's been seeking all these years and let her son rest in peace. In addition, I hope Dr Tabrizi can start piecing his life back together and get on with doing what he does best: saving lives Krypton
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