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Pirelli Boss Inquest Opens

The inquest of a former Pirelli boss and city councillor takes place later this month in Carlisle.

Allan Dickinson was admitted to hospital following a fall on ice, but died a month later in hospital after contracting the devastating superbug Clostridium Difficile (C Diff). The family of the 81 year old is hoping that the inquest will explain why a fit and active man came to die following routine hip surgery. 

Allan, who lived at Etterby Scaur in Carlisle, had been Pirelli’s Chief Engineer, overseeing the construction of the Carlisle factory until the 1980s when he retired. In retirement he spent nearly a decade as a city councillor. He was also a keen historian involved in local history clubs such as Cumbria Railways Association and the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society as well the local Rotary and the Green Room Club.

Joe Dickinson is Allan’s only son. He said, “My father went into the Cumberland Infirmary on 22nd December 2007 as an active, independent man who was my mother’s main carer. A month later he was dead and C Diff was given as one of the contributing factors to his death. We are still very unhappy about the lack of communication during my father’s time in hospital, but are most concerned about the Infirmary’s infection control policy and practice. I believe that had there been proper management of the C Diff outbreak including prompt diagnosis and treatment, my father could have been back at home, continuing to enjoy an active life and looking after my mother.”

Allan’s family is being represented at the inquest by Victoria Watson, a partner at Carlisle law firm Burnetts who specialises in medical law.

The inquest hearing takes place on 9th and 10th June at the Old Court Rooms, Cumbria County Council.

Published: Friday 4th June 2010
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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