The victim of hospital listeria "was head of the family transportation company, 52"


A businessman was named in reports as one of the victims of the outbreak of listeria in hospitals in the UK.

Ian Hitchcock, 52, died after eating a contaminated sandwich at the Royal Hospital Derby.

According to The Times, he had been hospitalized five weeks ago and died on June 8.

Alan Hitchcock's brother, Alan, 54, told the newspaper: "When he went to the hospital, I thought he would be back to work soon. I did not think he would die because of the food. "

The newspaper reported that Mr. Hitchcock of Matlock, Derbyshire, ran a family transportation company with his brother and fathered two 19-year-old twin sons.

They say he received cancer treatment before he died.

According to the newspaper, an inquiry should be opened in Derby on Thursday.

Five people are suspected of having died after eating prepackaged sandwiches and salads linked to the same supplier, The Good Food Chain.

Earlier this week, the NHS identified the university hospitals of Derby and Burton as one of the hospital funds affected by the death of a patient.

There were also two deaths at the NHS Foundation Trust at the University of Manchester, one at the University Hospital of the Aintree NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool and one at the University Hospitals of Leicester at the NHS Trust.

Three other trusts had diagnosed cases of listeria linked to the outbreak without deaths – two at the NHS Foundation Trust of Western Sussex Hospitals, one at the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and another at the NHS Foundation Trust at East Kent Hospitals University.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock had warned that there would be "serious consequences" if there was evidence of a "crime" on the outbreak of listeria.

The Good Food Chain, which provided 43 NHS trusts across the UK as well as an independent supplier, voluntarily ceased production and Public Health England (PHE) said the outbreak investigation was continuing.

The business was supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which has since tested positive for the strain of listeria outbreak and also stopped production.

Listeria infection is rare and usually causes a mild illness in healthy people.

However, it can have more serious consequences among those with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system.

PHE insisted that the health risk to the public remains low and said that people should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.


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