Brother of Barkingside woman who died after routine operation granted third inquest into her death

17:48 17 July 2014

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel, who died after a routine kidney stone operation

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel, who died after a routine kidney stone operation


A man who has battled for more than a decade to uncover the circumstances around his sister’s death has won a third inquest.

Bernard Bloom said he felt “tired” after all of his work, which paid off today with the High Court approving his application for a new inquest into sister Carmel’s death.

Carmel, 54, of Fremantle Road, Barkingside, died in 2002 after a kidney stone operation at the former Bupa Roding Hospital in Roding Lane South, Redbridge - now the Spire Roding Hospital.

Mr Bloom said: “I feel tired and a bit sick about it all. I have lost so far nearly 12 years of my life fighting this on a daily basis to get here.

“I couldn’t believe it when we were told we had got it - I was thinking the worst.”

The first inquest into Carmel’s death took place in 2003 and gave a verdict of death by natural causes.

However, this was quashed by an inquest in 2005, wherein the jury found a series of failures contributed to her death.

In February 2011, doctors John Hines and Paul Timmis were cleared after a General Medical Council hearing was told Carmel’s operation had gone tragically wrong.

See more on the development in next week’s Recorder.

Read more:

High Court hearing set to decide whether third inquest should take place into death of Barkingside woman Carmel Bloom

Brother of Barkingside woman who died after routine operation granted permission to apply for new inquest


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