Brother of Barkingside woman who died after operation plans to appeal third inquest’s conclusion

PUBLISHED: 18:15 06 October 2016

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel Bloom.

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel Bloom.


The brother of a woman who died after a routine kidney stone operation in 2002 will appeal against a third inquest’s verdict.

It is highly unusual for the High Court to quash a coroner’s ruling, but since his 54-year-old sister Carmel, who lived in Fremantle Road, Barkingside, died in 2002 Bernard Bloom has seen two separate coroner’s verdicts overturned.

But after a third inquest found that a series of medical absences contributed to her tragic death, Mr Bloom, who has spent an estimated £2m in legal costs fighting this case, still doesn’t believe he has learnt the truth about his sister’s death.

“Obviously I’m very angry, 14 years is too long for the family to have been put through something like this, and we still haven’t got all the answers,” he told the Recorder.

“We’re going to appeal again, because there is no doubt in my mind that my sister was unlawfully killed.”

Mr Bloom has doggedly pursued this case through numerous court hearings and investigations.

He said: “It’s about more than just my sister now, it’s about making sure the system is open and honest to everyone.

“Otherwise all these big businesses – private hospitals, the NHS – just close ranks and think they can get away with it.”

Even though his faith in the system has been eroded by the 14-year battle, Mr Bloom revealed he still hopes to make a difference.

He said: “All this family have done, for 14 years, is follow due process, and we still haven’t been able to crack it.

“I’m lucky, I have the resources to carry on fighting this, but so many people don’t have.

“The entire system needs to be changed.”

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