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Clinicians charged following death of child.


Three healthcare professionals have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the death of a six-year-old boy in a Leicester hospital four years ago.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had taken the decision to charge a doctor, sister and staff nurse over the death of Jack Adcock, of Glen Parva, Leicestershire after careful consideration of the evidence.

Jack Adcock, who had Down's syndrome and other pre-existing health problems, died of pneumonia at Leicester Royal Infirmary on February 18 2011 after initially being admitted with sickness and diarrhoea.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, sister Theresa Taylor and staff nurse Isabel Amaro are due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on January 23 to face the allegations.

Specialist prosecutor with the CPS special crime division, Fiona Morrison, said the decision to charge the three was made in light of a review of the evidence gathered by Leicestershire Police into the clinicians' "treatment and care" of the youngster.

She said: "Having completed our review, we have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Dr Bawa-Garba, sister Taylor and staff nurse Amaro to each face charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

"The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."