Oswestry hospital pledge after inquest verdict

Bosses at a Shropshire hospital where a West Midlands businessman died in a low-risk knee operation have vowed to "fully co-operate" if the General Medical Council launches its own investigation.

Bosses at a Shropshire hospital where a West Midlands businessman died in a low-risk knee operation have vowed to "fully co-operate" if the General Medical Council launches its own investigation.

Louis Belcuore, 43, of Warwickshire, died at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, in Oswestry in 2009.

A jury at an inquest this week ruled Mr Belcuore died from an air embolism - a condition in which air enters the blood stream - caused by arthroscopic surgery. The narrative verdict came after it was revealed Professor James Richardson, who carried out the operation, modified equipment without approval.

The verdict recorded that the surgical equipment used in the procedure was modified in a significant way, which was outside the intended use of the product. Approval should also have been sought from the Medical Device Committee for the modification, which contributed to the death of Mr Belcuore with additional factors of an unusually deep pseudo cyst, the verdict said.

Mr Belcuore's family is now calling for a full investigation from the GMC and will file a damages claim against the hospital trust.