An investigation into the death of a Leeds prisoner has found he refused the vaccine twice despite being extremely clinically vulnerable.
The 75-year-old had a number of underlying health conditions which made him extremely clinically vulnerable to the virus.
A report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman states he was offered the first dose of the coronavirus jab in February 2021 but refused on two occasions.
Mr Aslin-Smith, who was shielding as per the government advice, showed symptoms of the virus on February 27 and his results came back positive on March 1.
He was taken to hospital on March 2 after a nurse found him semi-conscious and disorientated on his bed covered in his own faeces, vomit and urine, the report adds.
He died three days later on March 5.
Sue McAllister, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, said: “Mr Aslin-Smith had a number of medical conditions that made him extremely clinically vulnerable if he contracted COVID-19.
“Although he followed advice to shield, he showed symptoms of COVID-19 on February 27 and on March 1, his test result came back positive. He was taken to hospital the following day and died there on March 5.
“The clinical reviewer concluded that Mr Aslin-Smith’s clinical care at Leeds was equivalent to that which he could have expected in the community.”
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The Ombudsman raised concerns as there were delays in notifying his next of kin when he became serious ill.
Mr Aslin-Smith’s, was classed as clinically overweight and his health conditions included high blood pressure, type two diabetes, chronic kidney disease, ischaemic heart disease – a term given to heart problems caused by narrowed heart arteries – and he had suffered a heart attack in 1999.
The report continued: “We are concerned that when Mr Aslin-Smith became unwell with COVID-19, there is no evidence that the prison asked him if he wanted anyone notified. There was also a delay in notifying his next of kin when he was taken to hospital. This was not in line with national Prison Service guidelines on family liaison and communicating with prisoners’ families during the pandemic.
It added: “Mr Aslin-Smith was treated for COVID-19 in hospital, but his condition rapidly deteriorated. On 5 March, after discussions with his daughter, Mr Aslin-Smith was placed on an end of life pathway and a do not resuscitate (DNR) order was put in place. Mr Aslin-Smith died later that evening.”
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