A mum spoke of her anger after a doctor who failed to spot the infection that killed her son was not struck off.

Thomas Hull, from St Helens , was just nine years old when he died from sepsis just hours after he was discharged from Whiston hospital .

But his family said it was 鈥渄isgraceful鈥?that Dr Thiagarajan Sundaravadivelu received only a four-month suspension despite failing to spot the life-threatening condition.

He admitted at a medical practitioners鈥?tribunal last month that he had not taken into account the fact the patient had already been diagnosed with suspected sepsis just hours earlier.

Thomas Hull was just nine when he died of sepsis six hours after a doctor discharged him from Whiston hospital
Thomas Hull was just nine when he died of sepsis six hours after a doctor discharged him from Whiston hospital

The locum registrar only confirmed a more minor infection Thomas was suffering and let him go home, where his family found him dead in bed six hours later in December 2013.

Donna Hull described her son, who had cerebral palsy and a rare condition called ATRX syndrome, as 鈥渃heeky and loving鈥?

She told the ECHO: 鈥淛ustice has not been done here. Doctors can鈥檛 get away with things like this.

鈥淲e had made our feelings clear that we expected him to be struck off at the least. The fact he鈥檚 just been suspended for months has flabbergasted us.

Whiston Hospital
Whiston Hospital

鈥淚f you or I caused an accident or malpractice at work that led to someone鈥檚 death, surely I鈥檇 be sacked and possibly jailed. It鈥檚 disgraceful.

鈥淲e have tried non-stop to get justice, and everything is going against us. But we are doing as best we can.

She added: 鈥淓very day we remember him, a cheeky, loving boy who loved cuddles.

鈥淗is sister is seven now but she talks about him all the time. It鈥檚 difficult for her to comprehend.

鈥淵ou have to be strong, and to have courage.?/p>

Thomas Hull
Thomas Hull

The tribunal ruled that Dr Sundaravadivelu鈥檚 actions fell seriously below expected standards and amounted to misconduct, impairing his fitness to practice.

It said his conduct in the incident 鈥渨ould be regarded as deplorable by fellow practitioners鈥? but said it was an isolated incident with no further complaints since.

It found there was a low risk of further failings but said it had to find his fitness to practise was impaired 鈥渢o maintain public confidence and uphold proper standards鈥?

A spokeswoman for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Whiston hospital, said: 鈥淭he doctor was referred to the General Medical Council after the Trust found failings in the care he provided to a patient.

鈥淭he GMC have decided to suspend him for four months. The doctor has not worked at the Trust since concerns were raised.?/p>