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Danger in the line of duty
An NHS trust has been fined for one of the most serious breaches of health and safety regulations after a psychiatric nurse was bludgeoned to death by a mentally ill patient.
An Old Bailey judge heavily censured the South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust for a series of failures which led to the killing.
It is the first case brought by the Health and Safety Executive against the NHS in which an NHS employee has died. The case was considered so serious by City of London magistrates that they referred it to the Crown Court last month.
Eshan Chattun, a nurse at Springfield mental hospital, part of the trust, had been left alone on 17 June 2003 to supervise Joseph Cann, an aggressive and potentially violent patient, who had been detained under the Mental Health Act earlier in the day. Mr Chattun, 43, had no walkie-talkie or personal alarm and the wall alarm was broken. Cann was being held in a locked lobby area where he was being kept under observation.
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* Peter Bryan, 35, below, battered his friend Brian Cherry, 43, to death with a hammer in east London in February 2004, then cooked his brain and ate it. He was sent to Broadmoor in April 2004 where, within days, he killed a patient, Richard Loudwell, 59. He was jailed for life in March.
* Daniel Williams, 27, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for life after he stabbed a fellow mental patient to death at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 1998. He pleaded guilty to killing 22-year-old Andrew Pawson after an argument. An independent inquiry said Williams was obsessed with Nazism and had a history of drug abuse and violence. Hospital staff had assessed him as low risk.
* John Rous stabbed to death Jonathan Newby, 22, a care worker in an Oxford centre for the homeless in October 1993. Rous, 49, a schizophrenic, telephoned police and said they would have a "dead corpse" on their hands, but they ignored him. He was sent to Broadmoor hospital after being convicted of manslaughter.
* Andrew Robinson, a schizophrenic with a 15-year history of violence, stabbed to death Georgina Robinson, 26, an occupational therapist, at a centre for acute psychiatric care in Torquay in September 1993. He had planned to murder John Major.
* Anthony Joseph, 27, a paranoid schizophrenic who claimed to be the son of God, stabbed a social worker to death at a hostel after she told him he needed to return to a psychiatric hospital. Jenny Morrison, 51, above, was stabbed more than 100 times at the halfway house in Balham, south London, in November 1998. Joseph was sent to Broadmoor indefinitely.
:stone This is appaling! Just to think of it makes anyone's skin crawl. I agree that the hospital should have had better measures of security.