Failings over death of baby William Mead 'have significant NHS implications'

Mother of William Mead Speaks About 111 Call

"Serious failings" that led to the death of a 12-month-old baby have "significant implications for the rest of the NHS", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

In response to an urgent question from shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander, Mr Hunt apologised to the parents of William Mead.

William died in December 2014 after GPs and a 111 call handler failed to spot that he was suffering from sepsis caused by an underlying infection.

Mr Hunt said it was difficult for clinicians to spot sepsis but there has been a renewed push to educate GPs in the signs.

He said there was also scope for a public awareness campaign to help parents spot the "tell-tale signs" of the deadly infection.