Clodagh Bradley represented Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the inquest into the death of Mr Goold who had advanced Alzheimer’s and was admitted to hospital with severe head injuries following a fall down a flight of stairs. After a prolonged period in the intensive care unit, Mr Goold was extubated with the agreement of his family. It was agreed with the family that he was not to be reintubated or resuscitated, owing to the futility of such actions. Mr Goold experienced respiratory distress following his extubation and he died a week later of bronchopneumonia.
The inquest examined issues surrounding the end of life care, including the Liverpool Care Pathway. The inquest has heard the evidence and the coroner’s conclusion is awaited on 26 February 2014.
The case has sparked widespread interest in the press.