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Statement following inquest
26 January 2018

Following the inquest into the death of John Fisher, the Coroner has returned a conclusion of an alcohol related death.

Barbara Stuttle, Chief Nurse at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “I want to extend our sympathies to Mr Fisher’s family and friends.   This was a complex issue which has, as the Coroner recognised, been carefully and fully investigated. As was widely reported in 2016 we reviewed the records of over 3,000 patients and in a number of cases made contact with patients to review their care.  This was due to the inappropriate actions of one member of staff who was subsequently dismissed.   We have strengthened our appointment booking and monitoring systems as a result of the investigation.”

The Trust is aware of some comments circulating on Social Media and would like to make the following points clear:

It is clear from the comprehensive investigation undertaken that our former employee falsified the records and this is the reason she was dismissed.  Whilst NHS staff work under pressure that is no reason for records to be falsified.  We do not believe that undue pressure was placed on our former employee. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying and threatening behaviour.   At the time that we undertook the exercise to review over 3,000 patient records we could not be specific about the reason for undertaking the review because that would have been unfair on our former employee.  We were however open and transparent at the time about the review being undertaken. 

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