Failings before Ghurka’s death
Widow calls for lessons to be learned
The widow of a former soldier is calling for lessons to be learned after an inquest found that there were failures while he was sectioned at a Peterborough centre.
Prem Rai, 39, was a Ghurkha soldier for 18 years before embarking on a career change and training as a butler. However, during his training Prem was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and referred to mental health services in July, 2016.
Over the following weeks, Prem was kept under medical observation at Ward Oak 2 Cavell Centre, Peterborough. On the morning of 19 August, 2016, Prem was found unresponsive in his bed with no obvious sign of the cause of his death.
His widow, Chandra Rai who has a nine-year-old son with Prem, said: “While myself and the family hope that lessons can be learned from the issues which have been highlighted to ensure that other lives can be spared, Nothing can bring my husband and my son’s father back.
“It will forever be a source of great distress that, if things had been done differently, Prem’s death could have potentially been prevented.”
The jury at the inquest found there that there were failures in the manner in which observations were performed prior to Prem being found unresponsive.
The jury also found that it is probable that Prem had died several hours prior to his recorded time of death due to the fact that rigor mortis was present when his death was confirmed by the paramedic at 9.12am.
A spokesman for CPFT said: “We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Prem Rai.
“Mr Rai had an extremely rare physical health condition combined with a rare mental health condition. It is important to note that the jury concluded the treatment and the level of observations Mr Rai received were appropriate, and the expert evidence given during the inquest stated that there were no outward signs that would have led staff to believe that Mr Rai was suffering from internal bleeding prior to his death. We will review the findings of the inquest to ensure all lessons are learned.
“Overall, despite the difficulties and challenges faced by our frontline staff on a daily basis, they are dedicated to ensuring patients receive the highest quality of care at all times.”
The coroner recorded a narrative verdict.