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You may have heard about the recent case involving the Penning Acute Trust, where a number of inquests have been delayed after the Senior Coroner for the Manchester North Jurisdiction, Joanne Kearsley, arranged for a review of the reports of Pathologist Dr Khalid Ahmed following post-mortem examinations. 

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors can help you

You may be left wondering about potential errors made in treatment that you have received, whether it be by Dr Ahmed, or in a separate pathological circumstance.

Pearson Solicitors have an experienced team of professionals, with a unique, specialist experience of issues that you may have experienced:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat sepsis
  • Misinterpretation of pathology

Our regular free legal drop-ins

As a result, Pearson are conducting free legal drop-ins for anyone to attend, without an appointment, across the Oldham area. In these clinics, you will be able to chat one-to-one with us, with the confidence and privacy you need to discuss your options going forward.

Our current clinic dates are:

  • Tuesday 11 September – Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL – 9:00 to 12:00
  • Wednesday 12 September – Honeywell Centre, Hadfield Crescent, Oldham, OL8 3BP – 9:30 to 12:30
  • Thursday 13 September – Topaz Café, 216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton-u-Lyne, OL6 7AS – 9:00 to 12:00
  • Monday 17 September – Topaz Café, 216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton-u-Lyne, OL6 7AS – 10:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday 18 September – Honeywell Centre, Hadfield Crescent, Oldham, OL8 3BP – 14:00 to 17:00

Be sure to check back here for updates and new clinics, or follow us on Twitter. If you or someone you know has been affected by the above issues, you can come along to one of our clinics, or contact us to make an enquiry at enquiries@pearsonlegal.co.uk or by calling us on 0161 785 3500.

How we’ve helped others

Our expert Clinical Negligence Team recently investigated a claim involving the Pathology Team at Pennine Acute Trust and the death of a young man from cancer of the appendix. The incorrect reporting of the pathology, in this case, led to a delay in diagnosis of cancer, and a reduction in the young man’s life expectancy. John Pollitt, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, comments:

“In light of the number of failings in post-mortem reporting highlighted by Professor Suvarna’s report, there will be inevitable concerns that significant errors have been made by the Pathology Team reporting on in life pathology for patients at Pennine Acute Trust”

If you have concerns about pathology reporting at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust contact our expert clinical negligence team on 0161 785 3500.

Pennine Acute Trust and Dr Ahmed

Concerns were raised about the accuracy of Dr Ahmed’s reports leading to a review by independent expert Professor Simon Suvarna. The Professor’s review identified multiple and significant deficiencies with Dr Ahmed’s reports at many levels. It concluded that in a number of the cases reviewed the final cause of death was, in Professor Suvarna’s opinion, incorrect. 

The investigation into the quality of Dr Ahmed’s post-mortem reports raises a wider concern about whether, and if so to what extent, incorrect diagnoses have been reached as a consequence of Dr Ahmed’s reporting of pathology following patient biopsies. As well as performing post-mortem examinations for the North Manchester jurisdiction (covering areas of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale) and Manchester West jurisdiction (covering Bolton, Salford, Wigan and Leigh), Dr Ahmed was employed as a Senior Consultant Histopathologist for the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust until the beginning of 2018. 

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers LLP or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.