Probe into four "unexpected deaths" at mental health trust

First published in Echo News by

A MENTAL health trust has refused to give any details about the “unexpected deaths” of four patients under its care.

South Essex Partnership NHS Trust, which is responsible for mental health care across the area and runs hospitals such as Runwell and Rochford, is investigating the four deaths which happened between September 8 to November 15 this year and were described as serious incidents.

However, it refused to say when and what happened, give even brief details about the deaths or confirm if inquests would take place.

A trust spokesman said: “We are unable to confirm any other potentially patient identifiable information. We would not discuss the specifics of any case due to patient confidentiality or whilst investigations are active. “Inquests are determined by the coroner's office and as such fall outside the remit of the trust for comment.”

All serious incidents within the NHS have to be reported to the local Primary Care Trust and strategic health authority which will monitor and review the internal investigations.

Unexpected deaths can include fatalities during surgery, where the diagnosis is unsure or even accidents and suicides.

The four deaths were revealed in a report to the board of directors of NHS South Essex.

There were also two other serious incidents during the period involving patient records and identification. The trust also recorded 55 serious pressure ulcers.

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12:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

September 8 to November 15 this year


When? It' still only January this year.....
[quote]September 8 to November 15 this year [/quote] When? It' still only January this year..... Eric Whim
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4:54pm Sat 5 Jan 13

rouliere says...

Eric Whim wrote:
September 8 to November 15 this year


When? It' still only January this year.....
Why do people read what is quite a serious article (which was probably written last year!) and just want to nit pick at its grammatical and literal content? You have too much time on your hands.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote]September 8 to November 15 this year [/quote] When? It' still only January this year.....[/p][/quote]Why do people read what is quite a serious article (which was probably written last year!) and just want to nit pick at its grammatical and literal content? You have too much time on your hands. rouliere
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5:38pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

rouliere wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
September 8 to November 15 this year


When? It' still only January this year.....
Why do people read what is quite a serious article (which was probably written last year!) and just want to nit pick at its grammatical and literal content? You have too much time on your hands.
Shame the journalists don't have as much time isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]rouliere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote]September 8 to November 15 this year [/quote] When? It' still only January this year.....[/p][/quote]Why do people read what is quite a serious article (which was probably written last year!) and just want to nit pick at its grammatical and literal content? You have too much time on your hands.[/p][/quote]Shame the journalists don't have as much time isn't it? Eric Whim
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2:15pm Thu 10 Jan 13

NatalieSayer says...

Two things here the Echo is missing.

1. A 'serious incident' is health & social care speak for 'we killed someone'. It doesn't get worse than 'a serious incident', it's the industry term for Defcon one.

2. SEPT has always had VERY poor care services and low quality provision. But it's generally hidden as the director is a Tory faithful, so all the failings get hidden away.

Evening Echo please do some journalism on this, not just 'reporting' as you're missing some really important news here. x
Two things here the Echo is missing. 1. A 'serious incident' is health & social care speak for 'we killed someone'. It doesn't get worse than 'a serious incident', it's the industry term for Defcon one. 2. SEPT has always had VERY poor care services and low quality provision. But it's generally hidden as the director is a Tory faithful, so all the failings get hidden away. Evening Echo please do some journalism on this, not just 'reporting' as you're missing some really important news here. x NatalieSayer
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2:16pm Thu 10 Jan 13

NatalieSayer says...

Two things here the Echo is missing.

1. A 'serious incident' is health & social care speak for 'we killed someone'. It doesn't get worse than 'a serious incident', it's the industry term for Defcon one.

2. SEPT has always had VERY poor care services and low quality provision. But it's generally hidden as the director is a Tory faithful, so all the failings get hidden away.

Evening Echo please do some journalism on this, not just 'reporting' as you're missing some really important news here. x
Two things here the Echo is missing. 1. A 'serious incident' is health & social care speak for 'we killed someone'. It doesn't get worse than 'a serious incident', it's the industry term for Defcon one. 2. SEPT has always had VERY poor care services and low quality provision. But it's generally hidden as the director is a Tory faithful, so all the failings get hidden away. Evening Echo please do some journalism on this, not just 'reporting' as you're missing some really important news here. x NatalieSayer
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