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Dr Bill Kirkup’s long-awaited report into the tragic life and death of Elizabeth Dixon was finally published on 26 November 2020. It lifts the lid on a catalogue of grave errors and serious failings in Elizabeth’s care and alarmingly, a number of cover-ups throughout the nearly 20 years her parents battled for the truth about what happened to their beloved daughter.
Associate Legal Director of Novum Law and patient safety expert Mary Smith, who has supported the Dixon family for six years, outlines the main findings and recommendations in the Dixon Inquiry report:
Anne and Graeme Dixon release cherished family video
The parents of baby Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) Dixon have released an emotional video documenting poignant moments they spent in hospital with their beautiful daughter during her short life. Speaking about the cherished camcorder footage they said:
“We will always carry in our hearts the precious but anguished, beautiful but painful, time with our darling little girl.”
© Dixon Family
Report of the Independent Investigation, Dr Bill Kirkup CBE
Parliament Issues Statement on Dixon Family Tragedy
Minister of State, Nadine Dories, from the Department of Health and Social Care issued a statement on the Kirkup report apologising for the errors and suffering caused involving baby Elizabeth Dixon.
Anne and Graeme Dixon give their reaction to Dr Bill Kirkup’s report published on Thursday 26 November 2020
Anne and Graeme Dixon, the parents of baby Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) Dixon who tragically died in December 2001 aged just 11 months after significant hospital and community care failings said:
Mary Smith reaction to Dr. Kirkup’s report
Mary Smith, Associate Legal Director of Novum Law and a patient safety expert, who has supported the family for the past six years, said:
Anne Dixon has been talking about the crucial support Mary Smith, Associate Legal Director and patient safety expert at Novum Law, has given the family over the past six years:
“Mary Smith’s expert help, guidance and support has been invaluable to us. We felt utterly exhausted at the point we were introduced to Mary in 2014 and we will always be grateful to the person who brought us together. We were completely heartbroken and traumatised by the suffering our beloved daughter, Elizabeth, had endured. The years we had spent battling to find the truth for ourselves, which was denied us when Elizabeth died, had taken their toll.
Industry Press Reactions
Health Service Journal: Kirkup: ‘Significant reluctance’ in health system to review ‘historic’ cases
Patient Safety Charities
Patient Safety Learning: The life and death of Elizabeth Dixon: a catalyst for change (26 November 2020)
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