An inquest is to be held into the deaths of four patients in Nottingham following treatment by the same doctor, a gastroenterologist working for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust manages the Nottingham City Hospital and Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre. All four patients underwent surgical procedures, and at least two of the deaths followed ERCP procedures (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) carried out on the same day in 2020.

Clinical negligence lawyer Phil McGough of Freeths Solicitors’ Nottingham office has been instructed to represent the interests of two of the affected families. A pre-inquest review is to be held in Nottingham in April 2021.

ERCP involves the passing of an endoscope down the patient’s throat and into the biliary and/or pancreatic ducts, where dye is injected allowing the clinician to view the form and contents of the ducts and diagnose/treat issues including gallstones and other obstructions. It is a highly skilled technique which requires a corresponding degree of skill in the treating physician. Complications attributable to ERCP include the relatively small risk of perforation of the patient’s oesophagus or more commonly the duodenum.

At April’s pre-inquest review the coroner is expected to determine the full range of issues to be investigated in the four cases which have come to light so far, and whether or not a future inquest should be an “Article 2” inquest (referring to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights), involving exploration of systemic failures of processes and systems within state-run hospital care leading to breaches of a patient’s right to life.

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As clinical negligence lawyers we represent people who have suffered avoidable harm due to failures of medical care and delayed or inappropriate treatment. We know how difficult life can be for those who have suffered and for their families. We are able to assist by ensuring they have access to the services they require, have the funds to pay for private care, and are compensated for the harm.

Freeths Clinical Negligence Solicitors have a national reputation for providing first class advice on all medical claims. If you are concerned about the medical care you or a loved one has received please contact:

Phillip McGough, Clinical Negligence Legal Executive, on 0845 050 3290 or 0115 936 9369 or


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