Family of man left under car park blames NHS
The family of a man who lay for more than 500 years beneath a car park in Leicestershire “without once receiving medical attention” is to sue the NHS for negligence.
Campaigners have demanded a public enquiry into the death of Richard Plantagenet, who also suffered “centuries of abuse” from historians.
Mr Plantagenet was only 32 when he sustained serious injuries in the Battle of Bosworth Field during the course of his job as king of England.
Relatives of the dead man said employers had breached health and safety rules by failing to make clear the dangers of the job, which included regular pitched battles, defending the realm against foreign invasion and putting down rival claims to the throne.
The family also claim Mr Plantagenet, who suffered chronic back problems, was routinely bullied by colleagues about his appearance.
A preliminary investigation found that on the day he died Mr Plantagenet had gone into battle with substandard armour offering little protection from the broadsword, longbow and mace.
Government sources argue that Mr Plantagenet was aware that violent death was an occupational hazard.
Investigators reserved particular criticism for NHS staff, who failed to spot signs of depression despite Mr Plantagenet’s frequent complaints of a “winter of discontent”.
Relatives said that Mr Plantagenet might have survived his injuries had paramedics been quicker to reach the scene. One said: “He just stood there shouting for help, but an ambulance never came. Richard even tried to buy a horse to take him to hospital, but there wasn’t one available at any price.”
A post mortem concluded that cuts were a contributory factor in the death, which was “almost certainly avoidable”.
Robert Francis QC was unavailable for comment.
How did he get from Tamesdie (sic – very) hospital to Leicester?