Coroner to demand answers from NHS following suicide

First published in Echo News

A CORONER is set to demand answers from an NHS body in the aftermath of a suicide inquest.

Coroner Jacqueline Devonish recorded a suicide verdict of death for Benajmin Sutton, 20, of Perry Street, Billericay, at a hearing earlier today at the Tickfield Centre in Southend.

But the inquest heard that mistakes took place at South Essex Parternship Foundation Trust in the months leading to his death.

He was assigned a nurse from the Trust's mental health team, but when they went on holiday, he was never assigned a replacement.

As a result, Ms Devonish said she will write a letter under Rule 43 of the Coroner's Rules, which will ask the Trust to respond within 56 days.

The response must give answers to the circumstances brought up in the inquest, and reveal action which has been or is proposed will be taken.

Mr Sutton's family said they were 'let down' in the services during the inquest.

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4:33pm Wed 20 Feb 13

whataday says...

Lets hope there are improvements to the service as a result of this coroners request.
Lets hope there are improvements to the service as a result of this coroners request. whataday
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10:44pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Papyrus says...

If you are worried about a young person at risk of suicide, or if you are a young person with thoughts of suicide, contact PAPYRUS through its specialist helpline, HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or by text in confidence to 07786 209697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK. http://www.papyrus-u
k.org or twitter: @papyrus_tweets or facebook: papyrusuk
If you are worried about a young person at risk of suicide, or if you are a young person with thoughts of suicide, contact PAPYRUS through its specialist helpline, HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or by text in confidence to 07786 209697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK. http://www.papyrus-u k.org or twitter: @papyrus_tweets or facebook: papyrusuk Papyrus
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