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Out of court settlement for case which highlights the medical care of psychiatric patients

The case of Roger Ramm, who died while being detained under the Mental Health Act, has settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. His mother was represented by the Human Rights department of Leigh Day & Co.

23 May 2004

Hounslow Primary Care Trust have settled out of court with the mother of the paranoid schizophrenic, Roger Ramm who died while in their care. The case highlighted the poor medical care often received by psychiatric patients and was based on the fact that had the hospital acted appropriately, her son’s death could have been avoided or delayed.

Roger was being detained under the Mental Health Act when he died in 2001. He was a paranoid schizophrenic but his physical condition had deteriorated dramatically in the months before his death. At his inquest the coroner urged the home office to take action to prevent similar deaths.

Human Rights Act was violated

His mother, Beryl Ewen, had lodged a claim for damages in the High Court alleging that Roger’s right to life and other sections of the Human Rights Act, were violated by Hounslow Primary Care Trust.

The case settled at the end of January for an undisclosed amount. Mrs Ewen was represented by the Human Rights department at Leigh Day & Co.

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