Service User Death Narrative Verdicts claimed 'Accidental' by BSMHFT

C Rock made this Freedom of Information request to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,

As father of a victim of Trust negligent care I was stunned and physically ill discovering BSMHFT passes off death of service users given Narrative Verdict as “accidental death"; even where Police-confirmed evidence indicates distinctly against that assumption. This practice is comparable to my claiming it was murder, which would be closer to plausibility in heard Inquest evidence 11/05/11, IMO.

RECORDED INFORMATION REQUEST

For the last whole 5 years of completed data, please:

1. Show figures by year for service user deaths given as Suicide

2. Show figures by year for service user deaths given Narrative Verdict

3. Show number of Narrative Verdict (NV) deaths later given or interpreted as “accidental” by BSMHFT, by year, to include previous service user NVs (e.g. investigations ongoing) similarly construed in this period (i.e. include figures for 2015 when this practice was current and proven in Trust liaison with PHSO, e.g. as below).

E.G. quoting Trust evidence: “…it was a narrative verdict concluding [service user] died as a result of an accident...” statement signed by [name; position Trust specialist] 01/10/15.

(I should point out that no such ‘conclusion’ was given in this case, and the included content was fabrication or destructive and prejudicial conjecture.)

My previous FOI question https://bit.ly/2YFRJEf BSMHFT confirms the practice was NOT IN POLICY. I thus understand this to be out-of-policy, i.e. ‘rogue’ and, at minimum, exceptional occurrence, in which your response may elucidate.

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Thank You

C Rock

FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Rock,

 

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Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

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I have felt it necessary to place this request since BSMHFT did not respond to my private enquiry on this apparent 'abuse'. Why is this Coroner 'Interpretation' happening? How long has this been going on?

Why also does not the PHSO 'spot the lie' and continue to abusively deny the corruption in accepting rogue opinion - and I contacted PHSO and the NHS Trust on more than adequate occasion.

BSMHFT has previously confirmed it was aware of but has so-far refused at top level to explain its actions and deal with consequence.

FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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The response was:

Response: Please note that the information below pertaining to patients who were being treated by the Trust either as an inpatient or within the community.

Question 1: Service user deaths given as Suicide
Suicides Year
25 2014
29 2015
32 2016
22 2017
30 2018

Question 2: Service user deaths given Narrative Verdict
Narrative Verdicts Year
6 2015
1 2016
13 2017
10 2018

Question 3: Narrative Verdict (NV) deaths later given or interpreted as “accidental” by BSMHFT.
None.
The Trust would not under any circumstances seek to go behind the conclusions of Her Majesty’s Coroner to amend or re-interpret the conclusions reached at Inquest.
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End of response

Dear FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Thank you for this information and thank you for your trouble in delivering the response fully.

There may be some question as to who is/was a "service user". You have previously stated that he/she is anyone having had contact with the Trust (in a medical need context) and I believe that to be the Trust's stated definition. I trust that your figures reflect this.

Yours sincerely,

C Rock