A man who died during a police chase after absconding from hospital was let down by failings in mental health services, a damning report has revealed.How do you die during a police chase when you shouldn't have been allowed to leave hospital?
A safeguarding adult review, obtained under a Freedom of Information Request, revealed Mr Rich was not properly assessed after being moved from Kingston to Springfield hospital in Tooting.
He endured excessive waiting times, which caused him to become “agitated”, and decisions were made by inexperienced staff despite his history of mental illness.
Almost 24 hours after being sectioned he ran out of hospital, to his home in Richmond where he got into his Audi TT.
Police pursued Mr Rich for nearly seven miles. He crashed near Kempton and died.Thankfully, he only killed himself. More, I suspect, through luck than judgement. But how does someone who is sectioned 'leave the hospital'..?