Health bosses prom­ise to take on board in­quest crit­i­cism of cri­sis team

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HEALTH bosses have vowed to con­sider points raised in an in­quest where a cri­sis team came un­der fire for the care they gave a man who over­dosed on med­i­ca­tion.

Swans fan Christo­pher Roberts, 40, had been bat­tling de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and bor­der­line per­son­al­ity traits after be­ing as­saulted in 2010.

He was dis­cov­ered dead in the bed­room of his St Nicholas Square home in the Swansea’s Ma­rina on Oc­to­ber 19, 2015. Mr Roberts’ mother Su­san claims the ser­vice of­fered by the cri­sis team was “non-ex­is­tent”. She said: “When we phoned we did not get a re­ply back for a week or more on more than one oc­ca­sion.”

She said the fam­ily was also ad­vised by the cri­sis team to call out an am­bu­lance for her son but said she would end up be­ing ac­cused of “wast­ing an am­bu­lance”.

It sparked crit­i­cism from Aled Gruffydd, as­sis­tant coro­ner of Swansea and Neath Port Tal­bot, who said dur­ing the hear­ing he be­lieved the pro­ce­dures fol­lowed by the cri­sis team needed to be re­viewed and that care plans needed to be “se­ri­ously looked at” in fu­ture. An Abertawe Bro Mor­gan­nwg Univer­sity Health Board spokesman said its sym­pa­thy was with the fam­ily and they would take on board the views he ex­pressed.

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