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Coroner Dingle Finding

Coroner Dingle Finding

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Read this and weep. How Penelope Dingle suffered an agonising death after being deceived by cranks into using homeopathy in preference to conventional medicine.
Read this and weep. How Penelope Dingle suffered an agonising death after being deceived by cranks into using homeopathy in preference to conventional medicine.

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Published by: Ken McLeod on Oct 14, 2011
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Coroners Act, 1996[Section 26(1)]
Western Australia
Inquest into the death of Penelope DINGLE
 page 1.
RREECCOORRDDOOFFIINNVVEESSTTIIGGAATTIIOONNIINNTTOODDEEAATTHH 
Ref No: 17/10 
I, Alastair Neil Hope, State Coroner, having investigated the death of 
 Penelope Dingle (nee Brown)
 , with an Inquest held at Perth CoronersCourt on 9-24 June 2010 find that the identity of the deceased person was
 Penelope Dingle (nee Brown)
and that death occurred on 25 August 2005at Paulls Valley Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia as a result of complications of metastatic rectal cancer in the following circumstances -
Counsel Appearing :
Dr Celia Kemp
and
Sergeant Lyle Housiaux
appearing as counsel assisting
Mr Anthony Eyers
(instructed by Ms Finola Barr, Meredith & Co and Natalia Brown) appearing onbehalf of the deceased’s family
Mr Mendalough
(instructed by Mr Thunderbolt Jackson McDonald) appearing on behalf of Francine Scrayen
Ms Melanie Naylor 
(Tottle Partners) appearing on behalf of Professor Cameron Platell
Mr Denis Barich
(Fiocco’s Lawyers) appearing on behalf of Dr William Barnes
Mr Jeremy Allanson
appearing on behalf of Dr Peter Dingle
Mr John Ley
(Panetta McGrath Lawyers) appearing on behalf of Dr Igor Tabrizian
 
 
Inquest into the death of Penelope DINGLE
 page 2.
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Introduction..................................................................................................................................3The Involvement of the Deceased’s Usual General Practitioners and Surgeon, Professor Cameron Platell............................................................................................................................6Observers of Penelope Dingle Family Members and Friends...................................................21Involvement of Silver Chain Nurses and Deborah Coombes.....................................................32The Involvement of Francine Scrayen........................................................................................40Comments in Relation to Mrs Scrayen’s Involvement................................................................56Involvement of Dr Peter Dingle..................................................................................................61Conclusions as to the Involvement of Dr Dingle.........................................................................71Was There A Pact?....................................................................................................................76The Involvement of Dr William Barnes.......................................................................................77Dr Igor Tabrizian........................................................................................................................85Conclusion.................................................................................................................................90Comments on Public Health and Safety Issues.........................................................................97Informed Consent.................................................................................................................98Alternative Medicine Practitioners.........................................................................................98
 
IINNTTRROODDUUCCTTIIOONN 
Penelope Dingle (nee Brown) (the deceased) died fromcomplications of metastatic rectal cancer on 25 August2005. The death was not initially reported to a coroner, butin 2007 the surviving siblings of the deceased contacted theCoroner’s Court asking for the circumstances of the deathto be investigated and submitting that a public inquestshould be held. In support of this application the siblings of the deceased provided a considerable amount of materialsincluding diaries and copies of draft letters prepared by thedeceased prior to her death which described the eventsleading up to her death in considerable detail.A determination was made that the death should betreated as a reportable death and this inquest was held inorder to examine the circumstances surrounding the death.In support of the application made by the siblings of the deceased it was contended that the deceased had beeninfluenced in choices which she made by a homeopath whose name was Francine Scrayen and that homeopath hadbecome her primary health adviser at a crucial period in thedevelopment of her disease.It was contended that the homeopath was aware thatthe deceased had been suffering rectal bleeding forapproximately 12 months before any recommendation was
Inquest into the death of Penelope DINGLE
 page 3.

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