This week 30 years ago: Jeremy Corbyn calls for Whittington Hospital inquiry after Patsy Williams death

Islington Gazette, July 1986

Islington Gazette, July 1986 - Credit: Archant

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn called for an inquiry after a woman collapsed and died - half an hour after Whittington Hospital doctors diagnosed a “touch of tonsilitis” and sent her home.

Patsy Williams, 20, had complained of a violent headache and “unbearable pain”. She was unable to walk by the time she reached hospital.

Mother Icilde Williams, of Lazar Walk in the Andover Estate, said: “If they had kept her in hospital, I would accept it. I feel really disgusted.”

Mr Corbyn said: “I am appalled that a young and apparently healthy young woman should die so soon after leaving accident and emergency.”

But the hospital said it was “satisfied” with the clinical care offered.


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