'Snubbed' cancer sufferer dies

A terminally-ill grandmother who had her night-time nursing axed because she was taking too long to die passed away peacefully this morning (Friday). Yvonne Hartman, 66, of Newark Crescent, Harlesden, was appointed the nurses by NHS Brent after she w

A terminally-ill grandmother who had her night-time nursing axed because she was taking too long to die passed away peacefully this morning (Friday).

Yvonne Hartman, 66, of Newark Crescent, Harlesden, was appointed the nurses by NHS Brent after she was given days to live three weeks ago.

But, Sean McGowan, Ms Hartman's son, claims he was told that her overnight palliative care was being stopped because she had exceeded the two-week limit in place.

When the Times contacted the health trust they claimed there had been a breakdown in communication and Ms Hartman's nursing care was not being withdrawn.

Mr McGowan said he believed NHS Brent had performed a u-turn because the Times intervened.

He said: "I was clearly told the care was being stopped and it would have been if it wasn't for the Times.

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"My mother is now at peace but it's a disgrace that she was subjected to all this during her final days.