AvMA statement re the Dixon Inquiry report by Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

Published: 26 Nov 2020

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) welcomes the report published today into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 11 month old Elizabeth Dixon in December 2001.

AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said:

“Our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Dixon. Without their remarkable strength and determination these revelations would never have come to light. The report holds some serious lessons for the NHS which simply must be acted upon. The mis-management of hypertension in young children has already contributed to avoidable harm and death. Urgent attention is also needed to the quality and regulation of specialist services provided to brain damaged children in the community, including sufficient training, experience and supervision of staff. And never again can cases like Elizabeth’s be allowed to be swept under the carpet. A good start to underline that would be to see those responsible held to account.”