Homicide might have been avoided, says Welsh review

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5163
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The killing of a vicar by a man with mental health problems could not have been predicted, but the chance of it happening might have been less had he received appropriate treatment after an earlier incident.

    Had Geraint Evans undergone a full psychiatric assessment after an earlier incident of self harm, a diagnosis of psychosis could have been made and appropriate treatment begun, concludes a review of the case by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, which makes a number of recommendations.

    When Mr Evans originally attended hospital there was a 40 minute wait to see the psychiatric team and he left without being seen. No attempt …

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