In the almost five years since Sally’s death, in practical as opposed to emotional terms, where are we now?
Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS): Three years of police investigation resulted in the decision to make no charges. In December 2018, following the CPS report outlining the reasons for this decision, we requested a Victim’s Right to Review (VRR) and a new senior CPS prosecutor was appointed to examine the case afresh. This was commenced in January 2019 and completed three months later. The original decision not to prosecute on any of the charges was upheld. We have subsequently submitted a formal request to Humberside Police to release to us information relevant to the events immediately preceding Sally’s death, information which was withheld from the inquest.
NMC: Three mental health nurses, one of whom is suspended from practice, are awaiting hearings which will now proceed following the outcome of the CPS VRR.
GMC: Similarly, following the outcome of the CPS VRR, the GMC is now progressing its investigations into the Fitness to Practice of the two psychiatrists involved in the case.
PHSO: Following the completion of the CPS VRR, the PHSO have implemented our previous agreement made at a meeting with the Ombudsman, Rob Behrens in June 2017, to undertake a reinvestigation of our complaint. We have also requested that the previous complaint report dated December 2016 is formally quashed and are waiting to hear the outcome of this request.
Adult Safeguarding Report: We are about to again meet withthe Chair and Manager of the Adult Safeguarding Board regarding the publication of the final report, which it is expected to happen in the next few weeks.