It’s been revealed that two nurses at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd were suspended after a pensioner died while lying on the floor.
An inquest into the death of John Rogers from Denbigh is expected to call on both nurses to give evidence on efforts to resuscitate the 78 year-old on a ward last March using a defibrillator.
Mr Rogers’ family say they are angry and frustrated at the Betsi Cadwaladr health board because they have delayed providing statements on his death. Their barrister, Kate Sutherland, said items on social media had implied there were reasons for one of the suspended nurses, Vanessa Humphries, to give evidence.
Coroner John Gittins said while he would do his best to ensure Humphries attends the full hearing, it was possible she may claim she cannot give evidence by producing a sick note.
A serious case review into Mr Rogers’ death had already resulted in the health board making ‘certain admissions’ to his family. The full inquest, expected to last four days, is due to determine how long he had been lying on the floor of the ward and what his chances of survival were if he had been found sooner.
Mr Gittins said he would also visit the ward, but would not allow any blame to be attached to anyone involved. The hearing was adjourned until March.