Baby Poppy's death was preventable

Baby Poppy's death was preventable

The Coroner has made findings that the death of baby Poppy Hapgood was preventable, and was a result of inadequate medical care provided by the Royal Women's Hospital.

Poppy's mother, Stacey Barton, said that the finding was heart-wrenching, though expected. In the course of the inquest, the hospital gave evidence about changes that have been made to prevent a similar tragedy occurring. Ms Barton was hopeful that the changes could help others, but expressed scepticism that they would be properly implemented, and concern about the State Government's plan to further reduce nursing numbers.

Ms Barton and her partner were assisted by Adviceline Injury Lawyers at the inquest and also with respect to a civil claim for compensation against the hospital. The civil claim has settled on a confidential basis.

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