Death of Robbie Powell

One father's fight for the truth about his son's needless death

The Guardian, December 24 1994

When people are hit by a really devastating disaster, it often seems to happen that instead of giving in to sadness, they elect to feel angry, to become almost consumed by a furious determination to uncover all of the causes of the disaster which has struck them and to punish all of those who were responsible.

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A blind eye to negligence

The Guardian, July 1 1997

When a government abuses its power, it does so generally by using an excess of it, to suppress the truth or to crush the opposition or simply to get its own way. In the sad, strange case of the death of Robbie Powell, however, you can see quite clearly how governments are equally capable of abusing their power simply by refusing to use it.

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The death of Robbie Powell: some horrible truth begins to emerge

The Guardian, January 4 2006

Fifteen years ago, Will Powell saw his ten-year-old son die. Within days, he began to suspect that doctors who had looked after the boy had been negligent. He filed a complaint. Within months, he began to suspect that somebody was tampering with the boy's medical records. He filed more complaints. He spent 15 years fighting for the truth. Now finally he has it - and he was right.

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New pressure for public inquiry into Robbie Powell's death

The Guardian, January 18 2006

Rhodri Morgan, the Welsh first minister, has been warned by opposition politicians that they will force him to hold a public inquiry into the case of Robbie Powell, highlighted by Society Guardian on January 4, if he does not announce one himself in the near future.

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