Toni Emma Speck death: Cell death woman ‘needed urgent help’

Toni Emma Speck
Toni Emma Speck

source: BBC News
published: 27 November 2015

A nurse called to the cell of a woman who later collapsed and died should have realised she needed urgent treatment, an inquest jury has ruled.

Toni Emma Speck, 31, of Huntington, was detained under the Mental Health Act at Fulford Road police station in York on 2 June 2011. She later suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital. Her family criticised systematic failings in her care and said she could have lived had she been hospitalised.

Her sister Dawn Atkinson said: “We have all been left devastated after hearing from the expert witness evidence that Toni’s life could have been saved, if she had been transported straight to the accident and emergency department at York District Hospital.”

The inquest, at York’s Guildhall, had heard Miss Speck had been detained at about 15:00 BST, after reports she was behaving erratically in the Bootham area of the city.

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