Mother sues health authority after murder by discharged patient

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:7
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The mother of a 4 year old girl who was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered by a mentally ill patient launched a High Court action in London last week against the NHS trust responsible for his release.

    The case is believed to be the first damages claim in Britain against a health authority or NHS trust by a relative of a released patient's murder victim. The girl's mother, Beverley Palmer, issued a writ for negligence against Tees Health Authority and Hartlepool and East Durham NHS …

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