A husband whose wife died after doctors gave her an accidental paracetamol overdose in hospital today demanded a comprehensive investigation into the tragedy.

Mum-of-two Laura Higginson was administered too much of the drug over two days, in the fortnight leading up to her death, when at Whiston Hospital.

The Trust admits being responsible for the overdose, in 2017, but deny it contributed to the 30-year-old's death.

Today at an inquest hearing at Bootle Town Hall the coroner's investigation was officially suspended to allow a police investigation to continue.

Husband Antony, who listened in to proceedings, asked the coroner a series of questions in his search for answers and accountability.

The 45-year-old, who works as a manager at an IT company, said: "Why was nothing done in 2017 and 2019 from a coroner's perspective?

"Will a full review be done by yourselves[coroner's court] of the way the case has been handled from 2017 to 2019?

"Will that be reported to the Chief Coroner?"

And the former soldier, who is also studying for a PhD, added: "Are the coroner's officers assisting police into understanding who said what to whom in 2017 when Laura died?"

The inquest into the death of Mrs Higginson, from Widnes, who had two young children aged nine and seven, was adjourned.

It will be reviewed at the end of September, if not sooner.

Alby Howard-Murphy told today's hearing: "Police are conducting active investigations into this matter."

The proceedings were attended by Mr Higginson and his solicitor at Slater and Gordon who are supporting his effort to sue St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for clinical negligence.

Also present was a detective chief inspector from Merseyside Police and a lawyer from Hill Dickinson, representing the hospital.

Mrs Higginson died on April 19, 2017, it was heard, and the cause of death was today given as multiple organ failure, pneumonia and Gitelman syndrome, which is a rare genetic condition.

Mr Higginson has said he only discovered the overdose when his GP sent him a copy of the postmortem report months later and was “apoplectic” that no one had previously mentioned it.

The amount of paracetamol given to the mum over the two days in question was said to be suitable for a heavier woman.

The painkiller is safely taken by millions of people every day but paracetamol overdose is one of the leading causes of liver failure.

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Julie Goulding, senior coroner, told Mr Higginson: "If the police or the Crown Prosecution Service are, in due course, in touch with the coroner's court, the appropriate decisions will be made at that time.

"All of your questions at the right time will be properly replied to."

John Doyle, principal lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which is representing the family, has said: "The trust have now, after three years, admitted that administering the paracetamol overdose was negligent, however they continue to deny it caused or contributed to Laura's death.

"Independent expert evidence we commissioned was provided to the coroner and we welcome her decision to open the inquest."

A Whiston Hospital spokeswoman said: "The trust offers its sincere condolences to the family of the late Mrs Higginson.

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"Following her death, an immediate and thorough investigation was carried out.

"The findings of independent clinical experts do not concur with the views of Mr Higginson and will be presented to the coroner during the inquest."