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Husband 'may sue mental health trust' over wife's suicide

Husband 'may sue mental health trust' over wife's suicide

The husband of a woman who committed suicide after being discharged from a hospital may sue the mental health trust involved, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

Alan Hammond, whose late wife Sheila had suffered from depression, is considering issuing a writ for clinical negligence against Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, which is monitored by the East of England Strategic Health Authority.

The trust had been criticised by coroner Peter Dean, who said the basic care offered to Ms Hammond, who also suffered from non-hodgkins lymphoma and ME, did not meet "the basic standards required".

"There seems to have been a lack of structure that seems to be quite worrying. It is astonishing that the discharge could have taken place in this way," he added.

During the inquest, psychiatric nurse Lynne Andrews admitted that paperwork meant to be signed by Ms Hammond had not been.

Commenting on the events, Mr Hammond stated that he found it "hard to believe" that his wife was sent home despite having suicidal thoughts.