Coroner’s Jury finds serious failings on the part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust led to suicide of sectioned mental health patient

14.10.16 | |

 

In an Article 2 Inquest at Exeter & Greater Devon Coroner’s Court, a Jury found that Matthew Llewellyn-Jones committed suicide within less than 24 hours of being sectioned and admitted to a locked mental health ward at Wonford House Hospital, Exeter.  The Jury went on to find that serious failings in staffing levels, communication of risk, induction and training as well as the failure of a locked door policy on the ward led to the Deceased being able to walk out of the locked ward unobserved and hang himself in the hospital grounds.

 

Daniel Bennett acted for the family at the 4 day inquest and was instructed by Chelsea Parkin of Irwin Mitchell solicitors, Bristol. 

 

Press coverage in the Exeter Express & Echo.

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