Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Statement - Mr Olaseni Lewis inquest

Response to the conclusion of the inquest into Mr Olaseni Lewis:

Dr Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Six and a half years ago Mr Olaseni Lewis died following an admission to the Bethlem Royal Hospital. His death represented, and continues to represent, a tragedy for his family, his friends and his community. Today the jury set out a narrative ruling which concludes his inquest. The first thing I want to say is how sorry I am to the Lewis family for the loss of their son and to pass on my heartfelt and personal condolences to them on. I have spoken with the family on a number of occasions throughout this long and difficult process and continue to offer my support.

"The organisation has learnt a great deal and made changes to how we work as a result of Mr Lewis' death. Since the incident occurred we have addressed many of the important issues that were identified today by the jury. New processes have been put in place to improve how we train and support staff so that they can deliver safe care to people who become mentally unwell, and working alongside the police, we have improved how staff communicate and collaborate with them in high risk situations. We will now take time to give close scrutiny to the jury's narrative to ensure that we make any further changes that are necessary to reduce the possibility of this ever happening again.

"I think that we now have a responsibility to build on our work with service users, carers and our local communities to ensure that our services are high quality, effective and properly responsive to the needs of local people.

"At this very difficult time my thoughts and those of my colleagues are with the Lewis family." 

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