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Urgent referral ignored days before father hanged himself

A healthcare trust has apologised after a communication breakdown meant a man had taken his own life by the time an urgent referral to mental health specialists had been made.

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Father killed himself after pleas for help were ignored

Alvan's daughter Kelly, Alvan and his wife Valerie

The family of a man with a history of depression who took his own life are considering suing the NHS after hearing his urgent treatment was delayed by communications errors within the health system.

Alvan Brown from Retford died in April last year having contacted health professionals 10 times in the previous two months - but no staff realised just how desperate he was.

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