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

09:47 01 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

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A hearing is set to take place to determine whether a new inquest should be ordered into the death of a woman who died after a routine operation more than a decade ago.

Bernard Bloom has battled for years to uncover the circumstances around the death of his sister Carmel, but he will now attend a High Court hearing on July 17 after being granted the right to apply for a third inquest by the Attorney General.

Carmel, 54, 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, who was granted the fiat in March, said: “It has taken 12 years to get here and in December it will be 10 years since the High Court quashed the first inquest verdict.

“Carmel lost her life, it is all very traumatic.”

The first inquest was in 2003 and gave a verdict of death by natural causes. However, the jury at a second inquest in 2005 found a series of failures contributed to Carmel’s death.

In February 2011, doctors John Hines and Paul Timmis were cleared after a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing heard how the operation went tragically wrong.

Read more:

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

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