Family feels let down by healthcare system

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THE family of a Morecambe man who died suddenly in 2009 say they feel let down by the district’s healthcare system.

Edward Shanley, 67, died at home in Redwood Drive, Bare, on October 18, 2009, just minutes after he had been seen by an out-of-hours doctor. An inquest at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Monday found that Mr Shanley died of natural causes, and that even if the stomach cancer that caused his death had been identified sooner, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome.

Muamma Al-Mudhaffer, pathologist at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said that in the days and weeks leading up to Mr Shanley’s death, investigations were ongoing into his ill health, and he had been booked in to have a CT scan at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

See the Lancaster Guardian (04-03-11) for full story.