Saturday, 17 June 2017

Health & Safety Executive prosecuting mental health trust after attacks

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it is prosecuting a mental health trust after two members of nursing staff were attacked by a patient last July.

The executive is instigating criminal proceeding against Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust after an inpatient stabbed both staff at the Bracton Centre in Dartford, Kent, it has confirmed to Health Service Journal.

Details of the charges under the Health and Safety Act and court dates have not yet been announced.

Myha Grant, 31, inflicted 17 wounds on healthcare assistant Julius Falomo, and six wounds on nurse Francis Barrett. Mr Grant later started a small fire which was quickly put out.

Mr Barrett was in hospital for 12 days following the attack, while Mr Falomo was said in court to have been “rendered emotionally vulnerable in every aspect of his life” since the attack.

Mr Grant pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in February.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of arson and to an offence of causing grievous bodily harm to a person in Brixton.

Mr Grant was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He is currently being detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

The Bracton Centre provides a range of specialist forensic mental health services for people aged 18-65 in south east London.

The centre offers assessment, treatment and rehabilitation within low to medium secure settings.

The trust declined to comment, according to Health Service Journal.