1. Five-year-old girl with asthma dies hours after GP refused to see her because she was “four minutes late”.
Girl, 5, dies hours after GP refused to see her ‘because she was 4 minutes late’ https://t.co/WF6DEME2zl
— Metro (@MetroUK) February 26, 2017
Five-year-old Ellie-May Clark died hours after she was due to see her local doctor after suffering an asthma attack at school in Wales.
Ellie-May’s mother, Shanice, said Dr Joanne Rowe declined to see her daughter because they were “four minutes late” to the appointment about 5pm, despite being aware the girl had suffered a dangerous asthma attack earlier in the day, The Metro reports.
Shanice found her daughter not breathing at 10:35pm the same night, and rushed her to hospital. Ellie-May died shortly afterwards.
Now, more than two years after her death, it is understood 53-year-old Dr Rowe has been given just a written warning for her role in the incident.
A report conducted following the incident, uncovered by The Mail on Sunday, concluded the doctor’s refusal to see the girl was the “root cause” of the five-year-old’s death.
The doctor also claimed to be ‘in the middle’ of seeing another patient when Ellie-May and her mother arrived for their appointment, but the surgery’s booking system showed that was not the case.
Dr Rowe was suspended for six months on full pay following the death and agreed to accept a “written warning” not to repeat the incident.
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— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) February 26, 2017