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A man died in a hospital after doctors left him on an operating table, according to reports.
A coroner has ruled that the hospital is guilty of negligence after the retired 79-year-old man died when his hip replacement surgeon went on vacation and forgot about him.
The coroner has criticized the hospital after he said negligence by staff contributed to the death of the pensioner, who had entered a hip replacement operation routine.
Andrew Cox, deputy coroner for Devon, said the tragic death of Robert Moulsdale, could have been avoided if the proper care had been taken.
The retired toolmaker developed pressure ulcers on his ankles after hip surgery. The coroner said the lack of continuity of care, poor nutrition and lack of supervision were factors in his death at the District Hospital in Barnstaple North Devon, Devon, in August 2010.
Senior hospital staff have apologized to the family of the victim and claim new precautions are in place to prevent repetition.