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NHS errors led to death of founder's great-nephew

A relative of the founder of the NHS died after a
A relative of the founder of the NHS died after a "life-threatening mistake" by two NHS trusts

By Josh Payne

A relative of the founder of the NHS died after a "life-threatening mistake" by two NHS trusts.

Roderick Bevan, a great-nephew of Nye Bevan, died last year after being "let down" by two Midlands-based trusts that failed to notify him about a lung tumour, the family's solicitor said.

Coroner Paul Smith concluded Mr Bevan died of natural causes contributed to by neglect. The inquest findings said he could have survived had he received radiotherapy. His inquest heard how the tumour was identified during a PET scan at Boston Pilgrim Hospital in October 2016.

Despite further appointments, staff at Pilgrim Hospital and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust did not tell Mr Bevan he had lung cancer until January 2018.

The 66-year-old's daughter, Paula, said: "I feel that my dad was totally let down by the NHS, whose founder was Nye Bevan who, as the name suggests, my dad was related to - it was his great-uncle."

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