Joshua's story

02 December 2017
Volume 25 · Issue 12


In 2008, Joshua Titcombe died at Furness General Hospital, and his story has made headlines ever since. His father James has campaigned consistently to discover what happened

I met James Titcombe at the Patient Safety Learning launch event back in September 2017 and he kindly gave me a copy of Joshua's Story. I had annual leave booked in late October and, for once, I had nothing planned but some well-deserved rest. I made up my mind to read the book during my week of annual leave, attached to my sofa, but you know what they say about best laid plans?

As I settled on the train for the journey back home, I couldn't help but take a sneak peek at the first few pages. The front cover of the book is black with the picture of a tiny hand. I can only assume that this illustrates the black times faced ahead within the book and James acting as Joshua's voice. The title, Joshua's Story, makes it personal; it's more than just a news story, more than just another statistic.

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