WE MUST HAVE A STATUTORY INQUIRY, NOTHING ELSE WILL SUFFICE!!
We need an opportunity to break the back of causation and change direction. This is it…
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Nine deaths between January and March this year are currently being investigated by mental health trust, the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT). @eputnhs
Families of patients who died whilst under the Trusts care over the past two decades are now uniting in calls for a public investigation.
Melanie Leahy has been actively campaigning for justice for her son Matthew ever since he was found dead at the Linden Centre in 2012.
20 year old Matthew had been there seven days.
Since 2001 seven patients, including Matthew and Richard, have died at the Linden Centre, in similar circumstances.
Earlier this year the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman released his full report into Matthew’s death, finding Matthew suffered multiple failings in his care from North Essex Partnership Trust.
Including having his care plan at the Linden Centre falsified by staff after his death.
After he was admitted he experienced 19 different examples of service failure and maladministration in his care, and that is a shocking history which needs to be addressed to make sure it never happens again.
Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman, speaking to ITV News in January 2020
Responding to the report at the time, EPUT apologised to Matthew’s family and said: “The care provided by the former NEP fell well below acceptable standards..we have carried out its recommendations in full to address the service failings.”
For Melanie it’s not enough.
Melanie Leahy has been campaigning for justice for her son Matthew for eight years.
I still don’t know what happened to Matthew. All investigations to date have failed to deliver the truth. What needs to happen is a straight down the line statutory public inquiry and bring the staff in and interview them. All these years, eight years and not one member of staff has been interviewed under oath.
Melanie Leahy, Matthew’s mother
In November 2019 Melanie took her fight to Downing Street, petitioning for a Statutory public inquiry into Matthew’s death.
Her petition received 105,580 signatures needed to be considered for a parliamentary debate, but, Health Minister Nadine Dorries MP said a public inquiry into just Matthew’s death would be unlikely: “public inquiries do not happen when it has been individual cases, they tend to be when it’s a systemic problem or multiple numbers, in this case a public inquiry is not an appropriate response.”
Now, Melanie’s pushing for a Statutory public inquiry, not just into her son’s death, and not just into the North Essex Trust that failed him, but into deaths of psychiatric patients under the care of all mental health services in Essex; the EPUT as it is now and also the former South Essex Partnership Trust .
Bereaved families are uniting in their call for a Statutory public inquiry into the deaths of mental health patients in Essex.
Robert and Linda Wade have joined the campaign for this widened and deeper reaching Statutory public inquiry, alongside 61 other families.
Families who feel their loved ones were taken into places of safety that weren’t safe or who were left in the community unsupported and families who feel lessons haven’t been learned from their losses.
The families of Valerie Dimoglou, Ben Morris and Glenn Holmes all feel their loved ones were failed by Essex mental health services.
Sofia Dimoglou lost her mum Valerie Dimoglou in 2015:
“A Statutory public inquiry would mean that we at least live in a society where someone with authority cares about the lives of those affected by mental health issues – young, old, everyone. Maybe it could really herald a change in Essex and across the country.”
Lisa Morris lost her son Ben Morris in 2008:
“A Statutory public inquiry is my last hope of ever getting the truth surrounding Ben’s death. How many more have to die? When will it ever end if there is no public inquiry now?”
Amanda Cook lost her brother Glenn Holmes in 2012:
“For me, a Statutory public inquiry will help to protect people in the future who suffer with mental health conditions. They deserve the help that my brother did not get but so desperately wanted.”
The campaign is also now being backed by a London law firm and Melanie is calling on other families in the county who believe their loved ones were failed to join them.
“I didn’t want to see myself in this position, I want to be sat here with my boy seeing him grow up, but I’m not alone. I’m urging those families that have lost loved ones, anywhere in Essex, yes get involved, please, we have strength in numbers, don’t let their deaths be in vain.”
The Trust says at its board meeting last month it reported it was investigating nine serious incidents relating to the deaths of mental health patients from January to March this year.
In July it also began an internal investigation into the death of Southend teenager Chris Nota.
Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive is currently investigating how the former NEP Trust managed mental health environments.
Its investigation covers October 2004 to March 2015, when the Care Quality Commission became the lead regulator.
HSE does not address care issues, only the management of the physical areas of the wards.
It says there are several cases, which are relevant to the investigation in demonstrating risk, including Matthew Leahy’s death.
What is a `statutory public inquiry?
A Statutory public inquiry is a major investigation called by a government Minister. It is run independently.
A recent well known public inquiry was The Grenfell Tower inquiry following a fatal fire in a London block of flats in 2017.
Under the 2005 Inquiries Act, an inquiry may be held when it appears to a Minister that ‘particular events have caused, or are capable of causing, public concern.’
Inquiries are major investigations that can compel testimony and the release of evidence.
The primary purpose of a statutory public inquiry is considered to be preventing recurrence of anything similar to what it is investigating.
While inquiries may address who is to blame, it has no power to determine any person’s civil or criminal liability.
For nigh on 8 years since my son died within the care of Essex Mental Health Services I have uncovered a ring of deceit and death due to the way the Trust has conducted its business.
Multiple unchecked deaths have occurred. Multiple patients and families failed by a system that has killed rather than helped and learnt nothing on the way.
Essex Police, the Clinical Commissioning Boards, the Care Quality Commission, the Health and Safety Executive, the Trust and now the government all complicit in covering up multiple failings that have happened and continue to happen year in and year out.
We have been campaigning for a Statutory Public Inquiry.
The government has announced a non-statutory inquiry.
this will serve only to coverup and we refute it totally.