The family of Jackie Maguire, a woman who lived with Down’s syndrome, have announced that they will challenge the inquest that determined that she died of natural causes in the High Court.

The law firm representing Muriel Maguire, Bindmans, announced that permission had been granted to review the decision of the senior coroner for Blackpool, Alan Wilson, after their conclusion excluded the possibility that Jackie’s death was caused by neglect.

Jackie, who was 52 at the time of her death in February 2017, was staying in the United Response care home in St Annes, Lancashire, where she had been placed by Lancashire County Council’s Adult Safeguarding Services.

Bindmans revealed the details of the circumstances that lead to Jackie’s death, noting a number of failures in her care, including a series of failures which resulted in medical professionals ignoring the Depravation of Liberty Safeguard which had been signed in regards of Jackie in April 2016.

When Jackie was finally admitted to hospital, it was discovered she had been suffering with diarrhoea for ten days,

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Murriel said: “I am pleased that at the High Court has granted me permission for a judicial review of the inquest into my daughter Jackie’s death, which resulted in the jury returning an extremely bland conclusion which in no way reflected the many serious failings which led to my daughter’s death.

“I am pleased the Judge thought different considerations may apply to Jackie’s death, because she was a very vulnerable person.

“Jackie was deeply loved by her brothers and sisters and by the many who knew her and as a family we now prepare for the hearing in a few months time when we hope the High Court will quash the jury’s verdict of natural causes and order that a new inquest takes place.

“Far too many people with Down’s Syndrome and learning disabilities such as Jackie die too young. I am determined that the tragic circumstances of Jackie’s death should not go unnoticed and that as many lessons as possible are learnt to help prevent similar tragedies in the future.”

Carole Boys, CEO of the Downs Syndrome Association said: “We are encouraged to hear permission has been granted for a judicial review to look at certain decisions made by the coroner at the inquest in to the death of Jacqueline Maguire who had Down’s syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association has ongoing and serious concerns about the premature deaths of people with Down’s syndrome. We very much appreciate the efforts of Saimo Chahal QC on behalf of Jacqueline’s mother, Mrs Muriel Maguire.”

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Source: Blackpool Gazette/Bindmans
Image: Flickr/Elliot Brown

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