I’ve been thinking about Angela, Andy and Ben Mays these last few days as the second inquest begins in to the death of Sally, their daughter and sister. She died in 2014 after being turned away from Miranda House, a mental health unit in Hull and the original inquest found this to amount to neglect by the NHS mental health trust.
Since then, new information came to light and Sally’s family brought an action in the High Court for a further inquest. The High Court found there had been “conscious decision”, taken “both before and during the inquest to withhold information about the car park conversation” [my emphasis]. This referred to a discussion between a nurse and a doctor after Sally had been turned away from Miranda House, staff there having called the police to remove her and despite the officers actually attempting to argue Sally’s case for access and care.
Local news coverage is available as the inquest restarts and no doubt coverage will continue: you can read the detailed background in these links —
- The High Court ruling ordering a new inquest.
- The Justice for Sally website, written by Sally’s mother, Angela.
- My previous post on the new inquest.
It’s all kinds of sad and the new inquest continues throughout week. I hope the Mays can get from it what they’re seeking and I will ensure an update once it concludes.
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