Hannah Thomas acts for GP Practice in Inquest into the death of James Stuart Atkinson
The inquest into the death of James Stuart Atkinson concluded on Monday 15 January 2024. Hannah Thomas acted for James’ GP Practice at the inquest.
James was 23 years old when he died on 10 July 2020 after eating food contaminated with peanuts that he had ordered from a restaurant via the Deliveroo platform.
The inquest heard evidence from various witnesses over the course of a week and explored areas such as food safety practices in the restaurant, the sufficiency of food safety inspections in respect of allergens, display of allergen information on takeaway platforms such as Deliveroo, and actions taken in primary care to manage patients with severe allergies in the community.
Senior Coroner Karen Dilks recorded a narrative conclusion following James’ death and issued two reports for the prevention of future deaths pursuant to Regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013 and section 7(1) of Schedule 5 to the Coroner’s and Justice Act 2009.
One report was issued to NHS England and the Department for Health and Social Care to consider monitoring of allergy and anaphylaxis through the Quality and Outcomes Framework (such as takes place for patients suffering from asthma or diabetes). One report was issued to Newcastle City Council in respect of guidance and training to food operators and the inspection process as it pertains to allergies.
Hannah was instructed by Maria Kai of the MDDUS.
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