Stowmarket: Health visitor resigns following internal inquiry

A HEALTH visitor has resigned following an investigation into the care of a young baby with a life-threatening heart condition.

Harry Green’s parents told the Star they repeatedly raised their concerns about the tiny tot’s inability to put on weight but were told by health visitors and a GP not to worry.

It was only when he was around two months old that Harry was referred to Ipswich Hospital where doctors recognised the severity of his condition.

Within 24 hours he was in theatre undergoing a three-and-a-half hour heart operation at the Evelina Hospital in London, where specialists reversed the defect which had caused a narrowing of Harry’s aorta.

Peter Green and Hayley Clarke of Blake Road, Stowmarket are seeking legal advice after lodging formal complaints with Suffolk County Council, which is responsible for health visitors, and Stowhealth, the GP practice where Harry was assessed. A council spokesman today confirmed one health visitor, who was part of the investigations into the complaint, has resigned. It is understood two health visitors were involved in the internal inquiry.

Mr Green told the Star, while he would never want to see someone leave their job, he thought Harry’s case should act as a warning to other health professionals to listen to worried parents.

“My job doesn’t impact on people’s health,” said the 52-year-old.

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“Their [health visitors] jobs are important, I believe it is vital they listen to parents.We just don’t want another family to face what we have.”

Speaking at the time Dr Baber Yusaf, senior partner at Stowhealth said: “We sympathise with the family at this difficult time. Our professional duty of confidentiality relating to the care of our patients means I cannot comment on this case. The whole team at StowHealth always strive to do the best we can.”