Peter Barnes inquest: ‘Lessons should be learned’

Feltham Prison Insideby: Bradford Telegraph and Argus
published: 4th November 2013

An inquest today heard that lessons should be learned after a patient was found dead in the grounds of a Bradford psychiatric hospital one week after he went missing on an unsupervised cigarette break.

Angus Moon QC, representing the privately-run Cygnet Hospital, Wyke, was making submissions yesterday in the final days of what has been a four-week hearing into the death of 31-year-old Peter Barnes on October 13, 2011.

A post-mortem examination has revealed Mr Barnes was likely to have hanged himslf only a few hours after he went missing.

Mr Moon said: “Cygnet wishes to have the opportunity to learn from this inquest and in so far as there’s any evidence about any changes not already made then Cygnet would value a report from you (the Coroner) which would identify those areas.”

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