Family seeks answers after psychiatric care death

Jonathan Malia
Jonathan Malia

originally by: BBC News 
published: 11 February 2013

The family of a man who died under psychiatric care have called for “justice” and “answers”. Jonathan Malia sought help for bipolar disorder and was transferred to a private secure unit.

The 24-year-old father, of Handsworth, Birmingham, was treated in the city but was then moved to Hertfordshire. It is thought he died from a heart attack caused by a blood clot.

The hospital in Stevenage where he was being treated said it did all it could. A second post mortem examination took place on Monday and an inquest is due to follow.

Errol Robinson, the family’s solicitor, said they wanted to establish whether being sedated was a contributing factor.

He said: “This young man was admitted to psychiatric care, was compulsorily detained, was given, as we understand it, anti-psychotic medication and then ends up, a short time later, dead.”

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