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Mental health hospital is rated inadequate two years after patient’s death

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 26 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2325
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission after a surprise inspection in May.1

The inspection was carried out in response to a coroner’s publication of a document on the prevention of future deaths after a hearing into the death of Matthew Caseby, who was using services at Woodbourne in September 2020.2

The CQC’s inspection report, published on 22 September, saw the hospital’s rating for safety decline from “required improvement” to “inadequate,” while the rating for whether it was “well led” fell from “good” to “inadequate.” Inspectors found the …

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