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25 deaths in nine mental health units across Essex | Police Probe

Detectives are investigating the reason for a large number mental health patients deaths in Essex. The investigation is examining 25 cases at nine Essex mental health units. 

Three mental health nurses disciplined

Matthew Leahy, from South Woodham Ferrers, died in November 2012. He died at the same time that Chelmsford police were investigating the apparent suicides of seven patients who were in the care of North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

20-year-old Matthew had been found hanging in his room on the Galleywood ward. His inquest heard how three nurses were disciplined after Mathew’s death. One nurse was dismissed from the medical care trust. 

The court heard Matthew was suffering from a psychotic episode. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for his own safety after increased cannabis use. 

Eight days later, on November 15, he was found dead. 

Matthew’s mum, Melanie said the Essex police are considering manslaughter charges. Melanie said: “There have been so many safety issues over the years. They are now looking not just at the Linden Centre but at all the establishments run by the trust, because they have been using the same staff and moving them from A to B..” 

Mrs. Leahy continued: “I think the shout needs to go out to the areas where the trust was caring for people. Also, the police are going back to 2000, but families are contacting me going back to 1995.”

After they confessed to falsifying records, three nurses were disciplined. Mrs. Leahy was advised last month that authorities will not press charges. 

Report warned of dangers 2 years ago

Two years ago a CQC (Care Quality Commission) report said the trust needed urgent improvement. The report warned managers there were still a number of areas where patients could potentially hang themselves. 

The police statement came when another Linden Centre inpatient, 23-year-old Patrick Aspbury, died. The talented singer who rose to fame in The Choirboys was killed by a train at a railway station in Chelmsford.

Although the police announcement was on the same day as Mr. Aspbury’s inquest, his death is not thought to be part of their enquiry.

Suicidal Grandmother warned she shouldn’t be discharged 

Sofia Dimoglou’s mother Valerie Dimoglou killed herself while in Colchester. Regardless of being on suicide watch only two weeks before Valerie Dimoglou was permitted to depart alone for 12 hours. 

She had been terrified of being discharged and had threatened to kill himself when she had been made to leave the ward indefinitely. 

The 76-year-old was found dead after that afternoon within her Old Heath Road house after having an overdose, on October 9. 

The North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust confessed it was working on strategies to release her. 

Valerie’s daughter said: “There was quite a lot of shrugging of shoulders and the main point was she can’t take a bed up any longer. She is not an emergency case. So there was really a lot of pressure, amounting to bullying at times, to get her out of hospital.” 

Tragic deaths

Other deaths in the center include John Beecroft, who was found unconscious in a toilet at the center in February 2015, Ben Morris aged 20, who was found hanged in 2008, Denise Gregory, 40-years-old, in 2004, and Nicola Dordoy, 42, who died in 2001.

An inquest earlier this year discovered another Linden Centre individual who ended his own life. Richard Wade who passed away in May 2015 hanged himself with a dressing gown cord which staff neglected to take from him.

Other deaths in the center include John Beecroft, who was found unconscious in a toilet at the center in February 2015.  Nicola Dordoy, 42, who died in 2001, Denise Gregory, 40, John Beecroft, who was found unconscious in a toilet at the center in February 2015. and John Beecroft, who was found unconscious in a toilet at the center in February 2015. 

An inquest earlier this year discovered another Linden Centre individual who ended his own life. Richard Wade who passed away in May 2015 hanged himself with a dressing gown cord which staff neglected to take from him. 

An Essex Police spokesman stated:

“In January 2017, Essex Police began enquiries into the circumstances of a number of deaths which have occurred involving patients in the care of the North Essex Partnership University Trust, including at the Linden Centre, since 2000This work follows further allegations surrounding the death of Matthew Leahy at the facility in Chelmsford on November 15, 2012The work has been led by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. During the enquiry so far a number of people have been spoken to but no arrests have been made.”

 “Our investigation into this matter is continuing and we continue to keep the relatives of those involved updated at every stageWe are looking at nine establishments including the Linden Centre (so nine in total). We are investigating up to 25 deaths.”

Sources: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/15535596.Police_probe_into_25_deaths_at_nine_mental_health_units_across_Essex/

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14732166.Mental_health_trust_criticised_after_grandmother_commits_suicide_on_day_release/

http://www.essexlive.news/up-to-20-deaths-at-chelmsford-mental-facility-being-probed-by-police/story-30348461-detail/story.html

 

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Alan is a mental health service user in Cornwall, UK. Although generally the NHS has been very good with his care, their are some weak links. Thats why he started this blog, to share experiences and resources on various mental health illnesses. Also, to bring the headlines about mental health to the foreground. Alan enjoys walking his dogs, taking photos, watching movies and playing the PS4 :-)

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