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Grieving father sets the record straight.
Thursday 9th February 2017 @ 13:05 by Nigel P.
Community Health News

Joe Kitchen,long standing councillor for Tameside and an employee at Tameside Hospital


Tameside and Hyde Councillor Joe Kitchen says he is anxious to put the record straight following some media reports concerning his son’s inquest.
For following the inquest into the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of his 27-year-old son Paul, he says he has had to endure further anguish, claiming he was misreported after the hearing.
Paul died in March 2015, of Ewings Sarcoma, a highly virulent form of cancer, which the inquest heard was not diagnosed until it was well advanced.
This late diagnosis deprived Paul and his family of precious extra months together.
Paul, a debt advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau, first saw his GP about a lump on his back in July 2013, and was referred to Tameside Hospital with a suspected abscess.
A catalogue of mistakes by staff at the hospital failed to diagnose the cancer until it had spread throughout his body.
Coroner Fiona Borril said that an earlier diagnosis ‘would have prolonged his life by two to three months’, adding: “I fully understand for members of the family that you would have had Paul with you for a longer period of time. That is a painful situation for family members to cope with.”
Cllr Kitchen, who works at Tameside Hospital as an Operating Department Orderly, fought alongside Paul as they both tried to get the correct diagnosis for the cancer.
He approached local MP Jonathan Reynolds and a consultant cancer specialist whom Cllr Kitchen knew at the hospital, before eventually the lump was correctly identified.
Cllr Kitchen said he was largely satisfied with the findings of the inquest because it identified the failings and some of the individual doctors and radiologists who were at fault and it has meant more efficient policies have been implemented, leading to improvements.
“That’s all we wanted – for the wider public to know about the suffering and bravery of Paul, as he dealt with the pain while not getting the answers and treatment he should have been able to expect.
“But I was very upset after speaking to a journalist who quoted me as saying, ‘I was going to sue the Trust’.
“I would like to say that is categorically untrue.
“I did not say that, and I have no intention of suing the Trust.
“There are individuals I am disappointed in, but I know who they are and so do they.
“As a family we just wanted people to know how bravely Paul fought, while he was in such pain.
“We know he could not have been cured, due to the nature of the cancer, but those extra few months we lost due to the misdiagnosis that the coroner spoke of, could have made all the difference.
“I am very disappointed with one particular news report, because all they were interested in was creating a tale about me suing the hospital, because I worked there and it made a good story. I was clearly misrepresented by them.
“All I wanted was the truth to come out and the mistakes to be acknowledged.”