Alice Litman inquest: Transgender services are underfunded, coroner says – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2023 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, transgender persons by sally

‘The coroner investigating the death of a trans woman said services for transgender people were “underfunded and insufficiently resourced”.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2023

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Cambridgeshire NHS trust makes U-turn over suicides review – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2023 in bereavement, hospitals, medical records, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The deaths of dozens of patients at a mental health trust who took their own lives will be reviewed externally after fears of a “cover-up” were raised.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2023

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Family courts: Mothers dying after ‘abusers’ claim access to children – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2023 in children, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, suicide, victims by tracey

‘Five mums have died after family courts allowed fathers accused of abuse to apply for contact with their children, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2023

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UN torture expert urges UK government to review indefinite sentences – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2023 in imprisonment, news, self-harm, sentencing, suicide, torture by tracey

‘A UN torture expert has called on the UK government to urgently review all sentences imposed on prisoners held indefinitely under the “widely discredited” imprisonment for public protection (IPP) scheme.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2023

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Medical neglect by London NHS trust contributed to suicide of girl, 12, rules coroner – The Guardian

‘Medical neglect and “gross failures” by a mental health trust contributed to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in a case that has highlighted national concerns about underfunding, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2023

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Fresh Inquest into Death by Suicide Following Cessation of Benefits is Granted – QMLR

‘This case concerned Ms Whiting, who had a history of spinal conditions, mental health problems, and suicidal ideation. In September 2016, Ms Whiting needed a reassessment for her ESA benefit allowance. She requested a home visit due to her mobility problems and anxiety. The DWP failed to action this, and required her to attend an appointment in person. Ms Whiting was unable to do so, at that time being housebound with pneumonia.’

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QMLR, 18th July 2023

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Inquest to examine Ofsted’s role in lead-up to death of headteacher Ruth Perry – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2023 in inquests, inquiries, news, suicide, teachers by sally

‘Ofsted’s role in the events leading up to the death of the Berkshire headteacher Ruth Perry will be examined during an inquest later this year, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2023

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Coroner criticises Betfair for failing to act before man’s suicide – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2023 in coroners, duty of care, gambling, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A coroner has criticised a betting operator for failing to intervene over a high volume of bets made by a problem gambler before he took his own life, the first verdict of its kind.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2023

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Inquiry into 2,000 mental health deaths in Essex NHS trusts given legal powers – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2023 in bereavement, hospitals, inquiries, mental health, news, suicide, witnesses by sally

‘An independent inquiry into the deaths of almost 2,000 mental health patients across NHS trusts in Essex is to be given legal powers to compel witnesses to give evidence, after pressure from bereaved relatives and the chair of the inquiry.’

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The Guardian, June 2023

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Nicola Bulley’s death was an accident, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2023 in accidents, coroners, families, inquests, internet, news, suicide by sally

‘Nicola Bulley’s death was accidental and she did not have “any desire” to take her own life, a coroner concluded.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2023

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Gambler who took his own life made up to 100 bets a day, coroner told – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2023 in gambling, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A gambler was making as many as 100 bets a day online and had previously accumulated £18,000 in debts before he took his own life, the first inquest of its kind has heard.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2023

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UK parliament to debate university statutory duty of care towards students – OUT-LAW.com

‘As the UK parliament prepares to debate a petition by families of students that have died by suicide while at university, is it possible that additional statutory duties could be imposed upon UK’s higher education providers to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their students, legal experts have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th May 2023

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Work-related suicide probe call after death of head teacher Ruth Perry – BBC News

‘Every work-related suicide should be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, experts have said, in the wake of the death of a head teacher following an Ofsted inspection.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2023

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Bell v HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (Eastern District) – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

Posted May 17th, 2023 in chambers articles, coroners, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘In this post, Alex Carington considers a recent unsuccessful application under s. 13 of the Coroner’s Act 1988 in light of new evidence to quash an inquest in 1992 into the death of a woman who stepped into the path of an oncoming train where an open verdict was reached.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 16th May 2023

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Sex abuse victims ‘must get specialist support’ – BBC News

‘Encouraging abuse victims to come forward without a specialist support system in place is “totally irresponsible”, campaigners have said.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2023

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Prisoner is suicide risk after more than two years in solitary, high court hears – The Guardian

‘A prisoner’s detention in solitary confinement in England for more than two years has been “wholly unnecessary” and has made him suicidal, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2023

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HMP Highpoint: Man should have had probation appointment before death – ombudsman – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2023 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, ombudsmen, probation, suicide by tracey

‘A man who died two days after being released from prison should have had a scheduled probation appointment, an ombudsman found.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2023

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UK deportation centre used force 18 times to stop self-harm last year, figures show – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2023 in asylum, detention, news, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘Asylum seekers awaiting deportation at a detention centre were physically prevented from taking their own lives or self-harming on 18 occasions last year, detailed official accounts show.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2023

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Dove v Assistant Coroner for Teeside [2023] EWCA Civ 289 (17 March 2023) – Parklane Plowden

‘Mrs Dove’s daughter took her own life after DWP benefits were withdrawn. In September 2021, the Divisional Court refused her application under s13 of the Coroners Act 1988 to quash the Coroner’s determination and direct a new inquest. The Divisional Court considered that the question of ‘how’ someone died in a Jamieson inquest was directed only to the means by which the deceased died, and did not encompass the wider circumstances of their death. In this case, the Court of Appeal considered the meaning of ‘by what means’.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 29th March 2023

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Dove (Part 2): Article 2 ECHR, Rabone, and Responsibility – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Last week [24 March] the Court of Appeal gave judgment in Dove [2023] EWCA Civ 289, an appeal against the Divisional Court’s decision not to order a new inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting, in proceedings brought by her mother Joy Dove. Ms Whiting died a self-inflicted death in the community, after a mental health crisis, in which the decision of the Department of Work and Pensions to cease her benefits was said to have played a contributory role. An inquest in 2017 came to a conclusion of “suicide” (§1). In an earlier post I dealt with the first, successful, ground of appeal: that because of fresh evidence it was in the interests of justice to order a new Jamieson inquest. In this post I examine the Court of Appeal’s analysis of the case from the point of view of the engagement of Article 2 ECHR.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th March 2023

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