Coroners inquest enough to satisfy Article 2 in mental health suicide case – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in human rights, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

“R (Antoniou) v (1) Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; (2) Secretary of State for Health; (3) NHS England [2013] EWHC 3055 (Admin).Where a patient, detained in hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983, takes their own life, Article 2 imposes procedural obligations on the State to investigate the circumstances of the death. These obligations are fulfilled by a coroner’s inquest. Unlike in prison and police station deaths, there need not be any independent investigation system prior to the inquest stage, and nor does Article 2 require one.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd October 2013