Mum’s fury at NHS Tay­side

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

THE mother of a Liff teenager who com­mit­ted sui­cide has said the blame for her daugh­ter’s death lies squarely at the feet of NHS Tay­side.

So­phie Parkin­son died in 2014 aged just 13. Her mother, Ruth Moss, has said the health board let her daugh­ter down af­ter six years of strug­gling.

Ms Moss said So­phie was de­nied the ba­sic treat­ment needed to help her deal with her men­tal health is­sues. Her con­dem­na­tion of NHS Tay­side came af­ter an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into men­tal health ser­vices across the health board was com­mis­sioned last month.

Ms Moss, who is su­ing the health board, said she be­lieves NHS Tay­side’s Child and Ado­les­cent Health Ser­vices did not sup­port So­phie enough af­ter two pre­vi­ous sui­cide at­tempts and that their risk as­sess­ments were “hugely in­ad­e­quate”.

She said: “I hold NHS Tay­side re­spon­si­ble for So­phie’s death.”

An NHS Tay­side spokes­woman said she could not com­ment due to the le­gal pro­ceed­ings.”

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