Fight for answers continues

Charlie and Doreen Hall
Charlie and Doreen Hall

A DEVASTATED widow is continuing in her quest to finds answers after her husband’s tragic death – with a national television show now launching its own investigation.

And heartbroken Doreen Hall is also lodging a formal complaint with the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) about the circumstances surrounding Charlie Hall’s sudden death in November, last year.

Charlie died after suffering a heart attack in the University Hospital of Hartlepool’s car park, but 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 died after five days fighting for his life in a coma.

The granddad-of-four had been for a routine CT scan at Hartlepool’s hospital when he took ill.

His heartbroken wife Doreen, 59, says she wants to know why Charlie wasn’t taken back into the hospital and why nurses let him leave the building even though he took ill after the scan.

Doreen was filmed by BBC’s Panorama last week, which is launching an investigation into Charlie’s death. And the mum-of-three also filed a formal complaint with ICAS at the weekend, an independent service which helps people who have a grievance against the NHS.

Doreen, who lives in Kirkland Hill, Peterlee, said: “As I’ve said from the start, I want answers and I’ll do all I can until I get those answers. I have a lot of questions that have been left unanswered. I’m doing it for my husband and I’m doing it for supporters of having a fully operational hospital in Hartlepool.”

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is currently carrying out their own investigation into the circumstances of Charlie’s death.

Since he passed away, Doreen has been told the retired pit miner and dad-of-two was suffering with heart disease and also had pneumonia.

His death certificate recorded his passing as a result of heart disease.

Doreen knew Charlie was suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but says her husband was never diagnosed with pneumonia or heart disease while he was alive despite having an x-ray, an MRI scan, a chest x-ray, a full body bone scan and getting bloods taken in the weeks leading up to his death.

Doreen added: “The support I have had from family, friends and people in the street since Charlie’s death has been lovely.

“And everyone agrees with me, that what went on was wrong.

“I can’t just let it lie, I want answers.”