Three recent killings carried out by mental health patients in Sussex could have been predicted or prevented, according to an independent report released today.
The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commissioned the review after it was criticised for the way it handled the cases of ten people who had links to its mental health services.
One was the case of Roger Goswell who murdered his wife Susan at their home in West Chiltington in 2007, before killing himself. His family say they pleaded with doctors to keep him in hospital.
The trust has apologised for the failings in the report.
“I want to start by saying sorry. The independent review we have published today relates to incidents which had devastating consequences for those affected. I realise this may bring back painful memories for them. I also understand that some, if not all, will feel angry about our services. On behalf of the Trust, I want to extend my sincere apology and condolences.
“We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything we should have in response to these tragic incidents. The review sends us a very strong message about the need to identify and embed the learning from when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and improves patient care. This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”
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