Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jail 'Missed Chances to Save Life of Brain Tragedy Prisoner' ; Inmate 'Was Fobbed Off' over Headaches Inquest Says She Could Have Been Diagnosed

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jail 'Missed Chances to Save Life of Brain Tragedy Prisoner' ; Inmate 'Was Fobbed Off' over Headaches Inquest Says She Could Have Been Diagnosed

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APRISON inmate died after hospital medics missed chances to diagnose her, an inquest has found.

Pamela Bleakley, 28, collapsed in her cell in Styal Prison, near Wilmslow, after repeatedly complaining of headaches. She died on April 26, 2011, as the result of an aneurysm and a brain haemorrhage.

A jury at Macclesfield town hall heard that Pamela had collapsed twice over the previous four weeks - and that had she been taken to hospital any time in the month before her death 'it is likely she would have been successfully diagnosed and treated'. The hearing heard a statement from a fellow inmate who said that Pamela, from Bolton, had complained that she was 'fobbed off' by hospital staff when she complained of headaches. She was given paracetamol and told she may need glasses.

Pamela was serving an 18-month sentence for robbery and theft and was described during the hearing as a 'model prisoner'.

In their narrative verdict, the jury pointed to 'inadequate access and review' of her medical history. …

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