Doctor won’t face charges following death of five-year-old Ifza Mazhar

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The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there will be no criminal proceedings following the death of five-year-old Ifza Mazhar, a coroner’s court heard.

Ifza, of Regent Street, Stoke, died in hospital in October 2013, a day after being seen with a suspected virus by a doctor at the Stoke-based Staffordshire Doctors Urgent Care.

The GP who saw Ifza was questioned by detectives about the case after voluntarily attending a police interview, North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court was told.

The hearing, a pre-inquest review, was adjourned until April 23 and the inquest into the schoolgirl’s death is to be expected to start during summer 2015.

The Medical Defence Union will represent the GP during the inquest.

Senior Coroner Ian Smith apologised to Ifza’s family and said: “I am sorry to have brought you here again but at least now we are beginning to move forward.”

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