Opinion

February 4, 2014

Charles Oliver: Hospital staff misses allergic reaction

• A British coroner’s inquest found that Susan Hammond died at Lincoln County Hospital from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Her hospital files noted that she was allergic to penicillin. In fact, the inquest found that hospital staff ignored or missed seven different warnings about her allergy. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust apologized to the family for the error. But neither the doctor who prescribed the penicillin nor the nurse who administered it were referred to their professional bodies. Nor did the prosecutors press charges against them.

• Chloe Stirling was making about $200 a month baking and selling cupcakes, not bad for an 11-year-old working after school and on weekends. She’d planned to save her money for a car when she was old enough. But the Madison County, Mo., health department stomped all over that dream. They forced her to shut down, saying it’s illegal to sell home-baked goods. Officials said Chloe would need to buy a bakery or at least build a separate kitchen that would only be used for her business if she wanted to keep making and selling cupcakes.

• Officials at Brooklyn’s Public School 139 say diversity matters more than challenging students. They have closed all gifted programs to new students because they are not diverse enough. Two-thirds of the school’s overall student body is black and Hispanic. But the gifted programs are reportedly largely made up of Asians and whites. Officials say that from now on all classes will be grouped to reflect the diversity of the school and the community it serves.

• Former Newark, N.J., police officer Johnathan Taylor has been sentenced to three years probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to third-degree insurance fraud. Taylor set fire to an SUV he owned and then filed an insurance claim on the vehicle.

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