A GRIEVING widow has become embroiled in a fresh battle with health bosses in her quest to get answers into how her husband died.
Doreen Hall’s husband Charlie suffered a heart attack in the University Hospital of Hartlepool’s car park and was then ferried more than 14 miles by ambulance to be treated at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
The 67-year-old granddad-of-four died after five days fighting for his life in a coma having initially taken ill following a routine CT scan at Hartlepool’s hospital.
Doreen, 59, demanded answers from chiefs at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust following her beloved husband’s death last November,.
But more than six months on she is still waiting.
And to add to her fury, she says there has been a delay in trust staff sending her minutes of a meeting she attended with them eight weeks ago.
Doreen, who lives in Kirkland Hill, Peterlee, said: “I’m still waiting for answers into how he died, but I understand there is an investigation going on.
“I can’t understand how it has taken eight weeks for them to send me the minutes of a meeting though.
“I was at the meeting, and I heard what was said by everybody who was sat around the table.
“I want those minutes for my solicitor, but every time I ask for them and chase them I’m just being fobbed off.
“They keep telling me they’re not ready. But why? It makes me think they are being changed, and that something is being covered up.
“I don’t think I’m being unreasonable asking for them. My husband died in their care. I’m entitled to them.
“I just feel as though I have been totally let down by the health trust.”
Shortly after former miner Charlie’s death, Doreen questioned why her husband had not been taken back into Hartlepool hospital when he suddenly took ill rather than being transported through to Stockton.
She has vowed to continue her quest for answers, regardless of how long it takes.
She added: “I’m doing this for Charlie.
“Maybe they think I’ll get sick of ringing up every other day when the postman doesn’t come, and that I’ll just give up and forget all about it.
“But I can assure them I won’t. I won’t rest until I get some satisfaction.”
Cath Siddle, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing, patient safety and quality, said: “We are very sorry Mrs Hall feels let down and we apologise for the delay in responding to her concerns.
“We would like to assure Mrs Hall that a copy of these notes will be sent to her in the next few days.
“We’ve got every sympathy with Mrs Hall and we welcome her to contact us if she would like to talk about this further.”