The death of a vulnerable man who was hit by a train after fleeing a mental hospital has sparked a criminal investigation into the care provider and his manager.
Personal trainer Matthew Caseby, 23, was initially detained under the Mental Health Act following reports of a man running on train tracks near Oxford in 2020.
It was while being treated at Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham after that, as an NHS-funded patient, he was ‘unsuitable without supervision’ for several minutes, an inquest jury heard in April.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out a formal criminal investigation to establish whether a crime was committed by the provider and Victoria Colloby, who was in charge at the time of Mr Caseby’s death.
Mr Caseby’s father, Richard Caseby, 61, said: ‘The catalog of failures that led to Matthew’s death was horrendous.
“The Priory Group and its incompetent leaders are finally being held accountable for their criminal negligence.
“All I ever wanted to do was expose the truth and prevent it from happening to anyone else.”
The inquest jury, who heard the University of Birmingham graduate should have been under constant observation but was left unattended, concluded the death ‘was caused by negligence “.
Mr Caseby scaled a 2.3 meter high (7ft 6in) yard fence before being hit by a train a day later near Birmingham University station on September 8, 2020.
Birmingham and Solihull Senior Coroner Louise Hunt said after the hearing that she remained concerned about the quality of record keeping, the way risk assessments were carried out, other incidents and the safety of the fence at the hospital.
She also urged health chiefs to consider imposing minimum standards for perimeter fencing in acute mental health units.
Mr Caseby, who lived in London, was initially detained under the Mental Health Act following reports of a man running on train tracks near Oxford on September 3.
A CQC spokesperson said: “This investigation is currently ongoing and we will report as soon as we are able to do so.”
A Priory spokesperson said: ‘In accordance with its statutory powers, the CQC is investigating a significant number of incidents involving patients in the UK.
“Priory and its employees will cooperate fully if any inquiries are raised by the CQC regarding the care of Matthew Caseby and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. »