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Investigation launched following death of mental health escapee

Investigation launched following death of mental health escapee in Taunton

It was reported in the press last week that an investigation had been launched following an “unexpected death” at a temporary mental health facility in Taunton.

Very few details have been released. But it is known that an individual died after escaping from the unit.

It is also confirmed that the individual absconded from accommodation that was being used as a temporary “place of safety” whilst the usual site was undergoing repairs.

No other details have been released but it seems that the incident was considered in reports and discussions held by the Clinical Commissioning Group involved.

Is it enough that these incidents are simply “discussed” after they have occurred?

Really the issue is the lack of funding, still, and the lack of suitable, safe units being available for use in the UK.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, Senior Associate working in the Mental Health Department at Swain & Co says;

“For the last two or three years we have listened to our Government pledge to spend millions of pounds on the mental health sector.  This was supposed to improve the services available and increase the number of units so that no one who needs care goes without or is put in danger unnecessarily.  It seems that this is still not working.”

Questions will, no doubt, be asked about the way in which services in that area are being provided and why it was that improvements and repairs were not better planned to ensure that alternative accommodation was both secure and safe.

Swain & Co Solicitors have a dedicated Mental Health Team who are passionate about protecting the rights of individuals detained under the Mental Health Act.  The team regularly advise and represent before the Mental Health Tribunal.

For more information, explore our website further or give us a call on 02392 483322 to discuss how we can help you or your loved one.


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