Following the inquest into the death of Ben King and two other in-patients at a private hospital in Norfolk, the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board has published a report identifying serious failures in its care. The Norfolk hospital has since closed but as part of the report’s conclusion it calls for greater regulation of similar private care facilities.

Jonathan Metzer was instructed by Carl Rix of Fosters Solicitors to represent the mother of Ben King at a two-week inquest into his death. Ben was a 32-year old man with Down’s syndrome, associated obstructive sleep apnoea, and a severe learning disability. He had spent over two years at Cawston Park Hospital and was held under the Mental Health Act. The jury’s conclusion identified a number of failings in the care provided to Ben. More information about the inquest is available here.

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