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Birmingham hospital faces felony probe after loss of life of weak man

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A hospital and one among its managers are dealing with a felony investigation into the loss of life of a weak man who absconded by climbing a fence.

An inquest concluded failings amounting to neglect contributed to the loss of life of Matthew Caseby in 2020, after he fled from Birmingham’s Priory Hospital Woodbourne and was hit by a prepare.

The investigation shall be carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Priory stated it will co-operate absolutely “if enquiries are raised by the CQC”.

Mr Caseby, 23, climbed over a 2.3m-high (7ft 6in) courtyard fence on 7 September 2020.

He was discovered useless the next day after being hit by a prepare near Birmingham’s University station.

The inquest in April heard different sufferers had beforehand climbed the fence and, regardless of issues by members of employees, no motion was taken to enhance safety in and across the courtyard till one other affected person absconded two months after Mr Caseby’s loss of life.

The jury was advised the non-public coach, who was an NHS-funded affected person on the personal hospital, ought to have been below fixed remark, however was left unattended for a number of minutes.

Following the inquest, coroner Louise Hunt stated she was involved the fence and courtyard space should not be secure and urged well being chiefs to think about imposing minimal requirements for perimeter fences at psychological well being items.

She additionally criticised record-keeping and the way threat assessments had been carried out.

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A spokesperson for the CQC watchdog stated it was conducting “a formal criminal investigation” in relation to the loss of life “to establish whether a criminal offence has been committed by the provider and registered manager”.

They added: “That investigation is currently ongoing and we will report further as soon as we are able to do so.”

Mr Caseby, who lived in London, was initially detained below the Mental Health Act following studies of a person working on to railway tracks near Oxford on 3 September.

His father, Richard Caseby, 61, stated: “The catalogue of failings that led to Matthew’s death was horrifying.”

He added: “All I’ve ever wanted to do is to expose the truth and stop this from happening to anyone else.”

A Priory spokesperson stated: “Consistent with its statutory powers, CQC investigates a substantial number of patient incidents in the UK.

“Priory and its workers will co-operate absolutely if enquiries are raised by the CQC with regard to the care of Matthew Caseby and it will not be acceptable to remark additional presently.”

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