Why was I not informed of the death of my brother Michael Patrick Mulholland D.O.B 1-11-45

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Dear Aneurin Bevan University Health Board,
I only found out on Saturday that my brother, Michael Patrick Mulholland, had died on the 2nd Feb. 2016, in your hospital. - nearly 2 years after his death. I'm in complete shock. From what I can make out: My youngest brother James Mulholland, who had NO right to put himself forward as Michael's only next of kin - was away on 'extended' holiday. So, why did the hospital make NO attempt to find further next of kin ? I thought hospitals had to put out appeals in this situation ? I understand the hospital made the funeral arrangements. I would like full details please. And I would like you to tell me: Why I was not at my brother funeral TO SAY GOOBYE TO HIM.
I can't believe this happened, it's like a bad dream.
I'm just waiting for a copy of Probate , that takes 10days , in the mean time, can you give me the name and address of Michael's solicitor ?

Yours faithfully,
Patricia Sally Gordon

Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dear Ms Gordon,

Thank you for your email. I am very sorry to hear that you did not know about your brother's death in February 2016 and please accept my sincere condolences following your loss.

Unfortunately, your request does not fall within the confines of the Freedom of Information Act. However, with your consent I am able to forward your correspondence to our Legal Services Team who may be able to provide further information.

Yours sincerely,

Rona Button
Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol - Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Corporate Services Manager - Freedom of Information
Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan/Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Ystafell 041, Pencadlys, Ysbyty Sant Cadog, Ffordd y Lodj, Caerllion, Casnewydd, NP18 3XQ/Room 041, Headquarters, St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 3XQ
E-bost/E-mail: [email address]
Ffôn/Tel: Extension 55956 or (01633) 435956 (external)

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Dear Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services),
Thank you for your reply.
You have my full consent to forward my correspondence to the Legal Services Team.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Gordon

Dear Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services),
Thank you for your for your reply
You have my consent

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Gordon

Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dear Ms Gordon,

Thank you for providing consent. I acted on your first email and have forwarded your correspondence to colleagues in the Legal Services Team.

Yours sincerely,

Rona Button
Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol - Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Corporate Services Manager - Freedom of Information
Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan/Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Ystafell 041, Pencadlys, Ysbyty Sant Cadog, Ffordd y Lodj, Caerllion, Casnewydd, NP18 3XQ/Room 041, Headquarters, St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 3XQ
E-bost/E-mail: [email address]
Ffôn/Tel: Extension 55956 or (01633) 435956 (external)

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Dear Aneurin Bevan University Health Board,
Please could you reply to my request regarding the death of my brother, Michael Patrick Mulholland D.O.B. 1.11.45. died in your hospital on the 7th Feb. 2016.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Gordon

Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dear Ms Gordon,

As previously advised, your request does not fall within the remit of the Freedom of Information Act, but I have contacted the Legal Services Team and asked them to respond to you.

Yours sincerely,

Rona Button
Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol - Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Corporate Services Manager - Freedom of Information
Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan/Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Ystafell 041, Pencadlys, Ysbyty Sant Cadog, Ffordd y Lodj, Caerllion, Casnewydd, NP18 3XQ/Room 041, Headquarters, St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 3XQ
E-bost/E-mail: [email address]
Ffôn/Tel: Extension 55956 or (01633) 435956 (external)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is the operational name of Aneurin Bevan University Local Health Board

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Dear Rona Button (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Corporate Services),
Just to let you know, I have not received a reply from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, regarding the death of my brother Michael Patrick Mulholland on the 7th Feb. 2016. I have sent them a request for a reply...

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Gordon

Haf Jones (Aneurin Bevan UHB - Legal Services), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dear Ms Gordon,

I refer to your emails sent via the Health Board's Freedom of Information email address.

Please accept my condolences on hearing about the loss of your brother.

You have raised the issue of ‘next of kin’ in your email. There is no legal concept of next of kin. Patients across the Health Board nominate/name their next of kin. In the case of your late brother, I can confirm he named your other brother, and his wife, as his ‘next of kin’. There is reference to this in the records relating to your late brother's last admission.

I am not in a position to comment on whether your other brother was on an extended holiday at the time your late brother passed away. I also do not have information available to me to be able to comment on the funeral arrangements.

Finally, you have also asked for details of your late brother’s solicitor. This is not information available to the Health Board.

I am sorry that it is not possible to respond to all of your enquiries. If you wish to raise a formal concern against the Health Board, please follow the guidance set out on the All Wales Putting Things Right website. I have attached a link to the website below.

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/home.cfm?...

Yours sincerely,

Hâf Jones
Legal Services Manager/Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board/Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan

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