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Artist sues hospital staff over wife's death

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 25/02/2013 | 04:00

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ARTIST Robert Ballagh has launched legal proceedings against three members of staff at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin relating to the treatment and death of his wife.

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Betty Ballagh died two years ago this week after being initially admitted to Beaumont's A&E department with a stomach complaint in February 2011.

She was discharged after a week but two weeks later, after the pain grew worse, she was admitted to St Joseph's Hospital in Raheny ahead of surgery in Beaumont.

She died that night at St Joseph's in a hospital bathroom, where she was found by staff.

Speaking last November to RTE's 'Liveline', Mr Ballagh said "key questions" remained to be answered about his wife's care.

"These questions need to be be answered so no one will have to suffer the way Betty did," he added.

Beaumont Hospital has since given the 65-year-old a report into his wife's death.

A statute of limitations, which means a court case must be started within two years, is said to be behind the artist lodging a medical negligence case with the High Court 10 days ago.

Mr Ballagh declined to comment last night while Beaumont Hospital does not comment on individual cases.

Irish Independent

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