Plea for patient who died after drinking floor fluid

Joan Blaber, 85, was recovering in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, when her family claim she accidentally drank floor cleaner from a jug at her bedside before taking her medication.

A post-mortem revealed she died six days later as a direct result of the incident last September.

Ms Blaber’s family are appealing for funds to pay for a barrister at a jury inquest in September and hope to raise £25,000.

Their crowdfunding page says: “Although the hospital’s lawyers have admitted full responsibility for causing Joan’s death, they have refused to pay for the family to be legally represented.”

It adds: “The hospital trust will be legally represented by a barrister, effectively paid from your taxes. We already find the inquest and legal process very daunting and upsetting and we need help from a barrister to be a voice for the family.”

An investigation by the Care Quality Commission found the hospital had inadequate safety measures, with cleaning fluids not correctly stored. Inspectors visited the hospital a month after Ms Blaber’s death and found unattended cleaning trolleys containing hazardous substances.

The family’s solicitor Jonathan Austen-Jones said: “It is hoped the inquest will lead to a thorough investigation into the circumstances of what happened.”

Geoffrey Bowden, director of pressure group Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, said: “If there are things that have gone wrong because of a systemic failure in the protocols, we want to know.” 

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