Statement by Madden & Finucane Solicitors on behalf of the Patterson family at the conclusion of today’s Inquest into the death of Charlie Patterson at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on 31 January 2013

Charlie Patterson died after a lengthy wait in the Royal Victoria Hospital's emergency department

Charlie Patterson died after a lengthy wait in the Royal Victoria Hospital’s emergency department

In January 2013 the Patterson family suffered the heart-breaking loss of their beloved father and grandfather, Charlie.

The unacceptable delay in treatment in this case and others demonstrates that we have a National Health Service under unsustainable pressure which has resulted in seismic failures in the treatment of patients.

The politicians need to try harder to get the resources to ensure that the failings which contributed to the passing of Charlie Patterson do not happen again.

Paul McCann, of Madden & Finucane Solicitors, said:

“The family welcome the change in policy by the Belfast Trust in dealing with head injuries as result of this case in that there is now a speedier assessment process which leads to earlier and potentially lifesaving treatment.”