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Unacceptable failings identified in prison death

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An inquest jury last week identified serious failings by a security firm following the death of an inmate at HMP Parc.

Mohamoud Ahmed Ali had died on February 1st last year from SUDEP (sudden unexpected death from epilepsy).

Despite having suffered several apparent seizures dating back to December 2012, the 37-year-old had never been diagnosed with epilepsy.

The inquest had heard that Mohamoud had been referred to hospital to be assessed by neurologists, but the prison had failed on a number of occasions to provide transport to his appointments.

G4S, who run the prison, said there was a lack of available staff to escort him there.

A few months before his death, Mohamoud was finally taken to see a specialist, but prison staff failed to convey information about his symptoms.

Addressing the coroner’s court, the consultant said that had she received the necessary information, she would have been able to make the correct diagnosis.

Jurors returned a critical narrative conclusion, highlighting a number of major failings on the part of prison staff.

Deborah Coles, co-director of the charity INQUEST, said: “This inquest has found unacceptable failures of medical care in a G4S-run private prison.  This is not an isolated case, and indicates failure to act on previous recommendations.”

At another Inquest which involved a prisoner whose cause of death was recorded as SUDEP concerns were raised about the lack-of-provision for out-of-hours nursing staff and the lack of a “co-ordinated approach” when the prisoner Jason Lawson did not take his epilepsy medication. The matters raised formed the basis for recommendations passed to the prison and NHS England.

Mr Lawson, whose family had been represented by Lester Morrill, had died at HMP Stocken in March 2013.

Lester Morrill has developed a national reputation for representing bereaved families at inquests, taking many cases where individuals have died in police custody. To find out more about our civil liberties team, contact us today.