A doctor and an agency nurse have both been given a two year suspended sentence for the manslaughter of a six year old boy.

Jack Adcock, who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011.

Medical practitioners failed to notice he was critically ill with pneumonia and sepsis.

He went into cardiac arrest, but CPR was halted after he was mistakenly believed to have a Do Not Resuscitate Order.

The error was realised after a few minutes but Jack sadly died, just 11 hours after reaching the hospital.

A doctor and an agency nurse were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence last month. Another nurse was cleared of the same charge.

A two year suspended sentence has been handed to each Defendant, who were told by the judge that their medical careers will now “come to an end”.

The prosecutor said Jack has been “robbed” of his chance to survive.

Jack’s mother made an impact statement in court, saying: “Jack was neglected from the moment he entered the Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Assessment Unit.”

“I will never forgive myself for taking him there. I could have cared and looked after him better than they ever did.”

“It makes me so angry to think that my son could still be here today if they had done their jobs right.”

Medical negligence

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