Inquest jury finds neglect by NHS Trust contributed to death

 

An inquest jury has found that neglect by the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust contributed to the death of Natalie Gray, a 24 year old mother from Folkestone, who jumped in front of a train at Barming Station on 21 April 2015.  Natalie had a history of mental health difficulties and was at the time an informal patient at Priority House, Maidstone Hospital.  The jury found that there were a number of gross failings by hospital staff which amounted to neglect and contributed to her death.  These included making insufficient risk assessments, inadequate handovers between staff and failures to convey, enforce and follow correct procedures for informal patient leave.

 

In addition the jury found that there were a number of failings on 21 April 2015 which possibly contributed to her death after she had left the ward, including unnecessary delay in reporting to Kent Police that she was missing and and failing to provide the police with the relevant information.

 

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The family were represented by Heather Williams QC, instructed by Alice Hardy of Hodge Jones & Allen and supported by INQUEST.

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