Seven deaths while mental health patients await beds
Posted: November 30, 2014
Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Medical Negligence
There have been seven deaths since 2012 because hospitals do not have enough beds for mental health patients. This has come as the result of mental health beds being cut across England, with figures showing that around 2,100 have been cut since 2011. In one case, found in coroner’s reports and NHS trust papers, a man suffering with mental illness was denied a bed and later killed his mother.
A recent investigation established that since 2012 seven people have taken their own lives after being told there was no hospital bed for them. They were: Pauline Binch (64) from Nottingham, Stephanie Daniels (32) from Manchester, Michael Knight (20) from Norfolk, Mandy Peck (39) from Essex, Anthony Quigley (53) from London, Terence Mullin (53) from Liverpool, and an unnamed man from Sheffield.
Admitted to the manslaughter of his mother
The head of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Wendy Wallace, said she was greatly distressed by NHS England’s lack of care for the problem. She said: “I could not envisage a situation where all the acute beds in London were full and there was not even an investigation into the situation nor a plan of action.”
One major tragedy related to the bed shortage was the manslaughter of Tamara Holboll. Peter Holboll from London admitted to the manslaughter of his mother, Tamara, after being told that there were no available hospital beds.
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