The parents of Claire Roberts said those responsible for their daughter's care should "hang their heads in shame". Alan and Jennifer Roberts were speaking after an inquest found that the nine-year-old's death in October 1996 was caused by the treatment she received in hospital. Outside Laganside courthouse, Mr and Mrs Roberts welcomed the coroner's findings but said the public can have "no confidence in patient safety" in Northern Ireland.
Mr Roberts said that after a two decade wait the inquest had finally delivered the truth about how their daughter died. "We would like to thank the coroner for reaching a verdict after 22 years of cover-up that finally identifies the truth. The coroner has confirmed an unnatural cause of death. We have known as a family since 2004 the true cause of death - this has not been news to us but the coroner reaffirming what we have always known."
Mr Roberts also issued a demand to health officials for accountability, saying those responsible for failings in his daughter's care should "hang your heads in shame."
Source: Belfast Telegraph