Coroner dismisses fears over treatment of bus driver Benjamin Iheuko's diabetes

Croydon Guardian: Coroner dismisses fears over treatment of bus driver Benjamin Iheuko's diabetes Coroner dismisses fears over treatment of bus driver Benjamin Iheuko's diabetes

A coroner dismissed a family's fears a diabetes sufferer's condition was not being monitored properly in the run up to his death.

New Addington bus driver Benjamin Iheuko's family raised concerns he should have been given equipment to monitor his diabetes at home during his inquest on Thursday, January 17.

But his GP told the hearing, at Croydon Magistrates' Court, it was not standard procedure to give sufferers of type two diabetes home testing kits and he should have attended regular appointments at the doctors - some of which he missed.

Mr Iheuko, 52, died in his sleep in July last year. A pathologist found he died of complications due to his diabetes but the same investigation found no traces of his prescribed medication in his blood.

His GP told the inquest he increased Mr Iheuko dosage of diabetes medication in January last year and then raised concerns about his condition in June and asked him to come back for continued monitoring but he did not return.

Coroner Roy Palmer, concluding, said: "The doctor has explained that he didn't stop his medication. If Benjamin believed that's what happened he must have misunderstood.

"I'm sorry you lost a loved one in such circumstances but it was a death of natural causes."

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