A patient died after his bowel was perforated following surgery at shamed Stafford Hospital, an inquest has heard.
Alan Nash, aged 61, from Stafford, underwent a colonoscopy under local anaesthetic but died just hours later on March 19, last year.
Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of accidental death after hearing how hospital staff went ahead with surgery even though Mr Nash told them that he been unable to empty his bowels as requested the morning of the procedure.
His distraught family described how they believed they heard him shout out in pain as the colonoscopy caused his bowel to burst.
Mr Nash was rushed to theatre for emergency repair surgery and was later taken to the hospital’s critical care unit where he died later that day.
Stafford Hospital is currently at the centre of a public inquiry into the higher than expected number of deaths there between 2005 and 2008.
Mr Nash’s widow, Jenny said: “The entire family has been devastated by what has happened. Alan was the centre of our family and it’s been so hard to come to terms with the way he died. I have lost a husband and my daughters have lost a much loved father. “Following the reports about the high number of avoidable deaths at Stafford Hospital, I really hoped that things had started to improve there. I never imagined that when Alan walked into the hospital that morning, he would never come out and would end up as yet another of their fatal statistics.
“I’m so angry that nothing appears to have changed and our family has now joined hundreds of others who are needlessly mourning the loss of a loved one because of yet another hospital error.”
Family solicitor Emma Rush, from Irwin Mitchell, said: “As Mr Nash’s death occurred in 2010, after the trust had pledged to improve patient care, the family are extremely concerned that lessons do not appear to have been learnt at Stafford Hospital.
“We believe that Mr Nash’s death was entirely avoidable if basic procedures had not been ignored that day.”
No one from Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was available for comment.