Observation charts were “manufactured” for a patient whose death is at the centre of a major medical negligence claim, the High Court has heard.
Bernie Magill made the allegation as she cross-examined the head of the Ulster Independent Clinic about her late husband Brian's care on his return from undergoing a hospital procedure.
Diane Graham, matron and chief executive at the private clinic, rejected her claims by stressing the professionalism of the nurses who made the entries.
Mrs Magill’s 66-year-old retired bank manager husband died at Belfast City Hospital in December 1999. He was transferred there from the Royal Victoria Hospital after first being admitted to the Ulster Independent Clinic. All three institutions are being sued.
A post-mortem report attributed death to liver cancer. But Mrs Magill, a university lecturer from Portrush, Co Antrim, claims it was due to blood poisoning after a bile duct was perforated in a blundered medical procedure.
The widow questioned Miss Graham about a care plan entry which described her husband as being comfortable after undergoing an ERCP procedure. Mrs Magill said she arrived at the clinic as Mr Magill was being taken out of an ambulance by stretcher and looking ill. The case continues.