Rare third inquest into Barkingside woman’s death in 2002

PUBLISHED: 09:06 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 September 2016

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel Bloom.

Bernard Bloom with a picture of his sister Carmel Bloom.


A rare third inquest into the death of a Barkingside woman, who died after a routine operation in 2002, will begin tomorrow.

Carmel Bloom, 54, of Fremantle Road, died following a kidney stone operation at the former Bupa Roding Hospital – now Spire Roding Hospital – in Redbridge.

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.

Carmel’s brother Bernard has spearheaded the campaign for this third inquest, which is due to last more than two weeks at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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