Fail­ings be­fore Ghurka’s death

Widow calls for lessons to be learned

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

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.

Prem Rai

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