A WOMAN left in a coma after claiming a doctor failed to diagnose her appendicitis is preparing to make a public protest.
Christy Millar, of Great Sutton, will demonstrate outside the HQ of Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) about its refusal to hold an inquiry into her case.
The 21-year-old student spent six weeks in a coma and suffered kidney failure as a result of complications from a burst appendix.
One year on, she has been left in a wheelchair, requires dialysis three times a week and needs a kidney transplant. But before she can go on the transplant list, she must have a major operation on her stomach.
Speaking to the Pioneer, Miss Millar said: ‘I have been pressing the PCT into conducting an inquiry into out-of-hours care, specifically the UC24 service in Liverpool, as they have refused to take my case any further.
‘The Healthcare Commission say they will look into how UC24 handled my complaint, but not into why I complained in the first place.
‘I have recently been in touch with the original whistleblower and together we have organised a peaceful protest outside the PCT building on Seel Street, Liverpool city centre on Tuesday, October 9, from 8.30-11.30am.
‘We are taking banners and a petition for people to sign.’
She added: ‘The PCT gets to decide if UC24 have their contract renewed and, obviously, we want them to think long and hard before giving them the contract, when there are other companies interested.
‘My supporters include ex-UC24 staff, local councillors, friends and family.
‘It’d be great if anyone with views on this matter could turn up or get on my internet Facebook site – the Christy Millar Support Group. We have 115 members so far.
‘This protest is not about me. It’s about everyone who had dealings with this company.
‘Out-of-hours care should be provided by our local GPs, not the company who bids the least for the tender.’
Simon Abrams, UC24’s medical director, said the episode had been thoroughly investigated and he was satisfied with the conclusions.
A spokesman for Liverpool PCT refused to comment on the forthcoming protest but said its out-of-hours contract was currently under review.