“Vital” to act on Yusuf report recommendations – Rotherham MP

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RECOMMENDATIONS from a report into the death of a five-year-old who died after being sent home from hospital “must be implemented in full and without delay”, says a Rotherham MP.

The results of an independent investigation into the healthcare and treatment of Yusuf Mahmud Nazir were published last week, with Sarah Champion MP saying it was “vital” the report was understood “throughout the NHS.”

The investigation by NHS England and Niche Health and Social Care Consulting made a number of recommendations nationally and locally, including for Rotherham Hospital and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, which “while they would not have changed the course of events for Yusuf, should be implemented to ensure there is learning from this case.”

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Yusuf’s heartbroken relatives, however, called the report a “cover-up” and disputed the conclusion.

Uncle Zaheer Ahmed said the family, who live in Masbrough, intended to instruct their solicitor to instigate another probe into the Thornhill Primary School pupil's death in November last year, saying the ‘abridged’ report lacked “crucial information”.

The health authorities said the report was abridged to “protect third party and personal confidential information”.

Ms Champion said: “Yusuf’s death was a tragedy, and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones for their loss.

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“I know the publication of this report will be an incredibly difficult time for them.

“I have deep admiration for Yusuf’s family’s determination to make sure that no one else suffers as they have.

“While nothing can compensate for the loss of Yusuf, I do hope that this report will provide some consolation that our health system will be strengthened in the future.

“It is vital that the findings of the report are understood and acted upon throughout the NHS.

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“The report’s recommendations must be implemented in full and without delay.

“The government needs to take immediate steps to ensure all parents of sick children are properly listened to and supported when raising concerns.”

She added: ‘We all rely upon the NHS to be there in our time for us in our time of need.

"I hope that the findings of the report will ensure that the care, treatment, and support provided, particularly to children, is of the highest possible standard.”