26/02/2017 BBC Wales Today


26/02/2017

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Good evening.

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The family of a five-year-old girl from Newport,

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who died of an asthma attack, are calling for her

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GP to be struck off.

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Ellie-May Clark was taken to the local surgery by her mother,

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but her doctor refused to see her because she was late

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for the appointment.

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She died a few hours later.

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A General Medical Council investigation found that the GP's

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failure to see and assess the child did not meet with the standards

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required of a doctor.

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Nick Palit reports.

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Memories of happier times.

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These photos all Brandi Clark has left to remember her granddaughter,

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Ellie-May, who died of an asthma attack.

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Mum Shanice brought the five-year-old to

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the doctor's surgery

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in the Malpas area of Newport after she was sent home from school

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early because teachers were concerned about her breathing.

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She had made an emergency appointment but was

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a few minutes late.

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She did tell them she might be five minutes late because she had to sort

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out bringing the kids here and then phoning for a lift

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because she wasn't driving at the time.

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And when she got in, she was a few minutes late,

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because she checked her phone.

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And they wouldn't see her.

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And you believe that decision cost Ellie-May her life?

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Yes, because she did get worse.

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So she had to phone the ambulance.

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And while the ambulance was on its way, she collapsed.

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And that was it, she was gone.

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Ellie-May died that night before an ambulance could get

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to the Royal Gwent Hospital.

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That was two years ago.

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Now the health board has carried out a serious concern report

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into the actions of Doctor JoAnn role at the Grange clinic

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and confirmed Ellie-May had a history of severe asthma

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which the doctor was aware of.

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The confidential report confirmed that Doctor Rowe refused to see

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the child because she was late for the appointment and did not make

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any clinical assessment.

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What would you like to see happen to the doctor concerned?

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I don't know how she should be punished, struck off.

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If she just said sorry, at least that would be something.

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But Doctor Rowe continues to practice, now in Cardiff.

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The General Medical Council investigation resulted in a warning

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which will stay on her record for five years.

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It states...

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Your failure to see and assess this child does not meet the standards

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required of a doctor.

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It risks bringing the profession into disrepute

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and must not be repeated.

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The Gwent coroner is investigating Ellie-May's death.

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An inquest is yet to be held.

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The family have fight on and get justice Ellie-May as they say

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she will be forever in their thoughts.

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Funny little girl, bright.

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Very intelligent.

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So funny and loving.

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Brandi Clark, ending that report by Nick Palit.

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A 20-year-old woman, who played rugby for Wales, has died

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in a car crash near Glynneath.

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Elli Norkett, from Llandarcy,

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was the youngest player to take part in the 20-14 Rugby World Cup.

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Her family have paid tribute to her - and the Welsh Rugby Union

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say she was a talented, dedicated player,

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and popular teammate.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision,

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on the A4109 last night, to get in touch.

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A coroner has ordered Betsi Cadwaladwr Health Board

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to respond, following an inquest into the death of a patient

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at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

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Raymond Edwards had bowel surgery in 20-15 -

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Raymond Edwards had bowel surgery in 2015 -

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and tests afterwards showed he had a rare disease - but the results

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were never passed to his consultant.

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He died several months later - and the coroner said although this

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did not cause his death - a future fatality could be possible,

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if a reliable protocol isn't put in place.

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Any student seeking asylum should be able to finish their education

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here, without facing threats of deportation.

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That's according to National Union of Students Wales -

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which is supporting a campaign to stop Bangor University student -

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Shiromini Satkunarajah - from being deported back to Sri

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Lanka.

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The 20-year-old, who's in the third year of an electronic engineering

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course, has been taken to a detention centre

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after being refused asylum.

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The Home Office says it considers each case carefully.

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This is a brutal thing to do at such a valuable time of someone's

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educational experience.

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She is also an exceptional student, she is due

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to be on course to finish her engineering degree with a

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first-class honours.

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At the end of this year in electronical

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engineering which is something skills wise we need

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in the UK and in Wales.

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Despite Ukip's loss in Stoke-on-Trent Central's

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by-election last week - the party's Assembly Leader,

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Neil Hamilton, told Sunday Politics Wales that UKIP has

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become an essential voice here.

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The party was founded in 1991 with the aim of getting

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the UK out of the EU.

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Following Brexit - Mr Hamilton denied Ukip had now

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outlived its purpose.

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Carwyn Jones doesn't hold a majority in the Assembly, he can only do so

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with the accommodation of other parties.

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We are an important voice in Wales.

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We got the best part of 15% of the vote in the Assembly

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election last year and all the current opinion polls show that we

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would actually do better in Wales today than we did last May.

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Rugby - and Sam Warburton says Wales' players have

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to be harsh on each other in reviewing their 29-13

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defeat to Scotland.

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He says they all need to put their hands up if they made

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mistakes during the game.

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It was their first loss to Scotland since 2007.

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A look at the weather now and rain should clear this evening,

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but more heavy and blustery showers will move in from the west

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overnight - to leave an unsettled day tomorrow -

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with the chance of hail and thunder in places,

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and snow over the hills.

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Feeling cold, with highs of 7 Celsius.

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I'll be back with our next update at 10.20pm.

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Until then, enjoy your evening.

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Bye-bye.

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