Mother sues health authority after murder by discharged patientBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7099.7k (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:7
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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 …