Cawston Park deaths: Families meet care minister over hospital scandal
- Credit: The Bailey Family/Ben King's Family/Archant
Families whose children died after being treated at a Norfolk private hospital have met a government minister to discuss the scandal.
Ben King, 32, Nicholas Briant, 33, and Joanna Bailey, 36, who all had learning disabilities, died within just over two years of each other while patients at Cawston Park hospital, near Aylsham.
Report author Dr Margaret Flynn called on the government to end reliance on hospitals driven by profit.
On Thursday, Gillian Keegan, the government's care minister spoke to families at a meeting at Norfolk County Council's County Hall headquarters, hosted by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB).
Heather Roach, NSAB chair, said: “We welcome Gillian Keegan’s visit, and her willingness to meet the families face to face.
"While their conversations must remain private, I hope they underline the importance of learning the lessons of Cawston Park Hospital, and the need to take action at all levels of local and national government following the recommendations of the Safeguarding Adults Review."
Ms Bailey, from Romford, died at Cawston Park in April 2018.
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An inquest found she died of natural causes, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, but the jury found CPR was not given prior to emergency services arriving and staff had not ensured she was using a machine to help her sleep apnoea.
Mr King, from Aylsham, who had Down's syndrome, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in July 2020.
Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake concluded Mr King “died due to inadequate weight management and failure to diagnose obesity hypoventilation syndrome and inadequate consideration of the use of promethazine".
Mr Briant, from London, died on October 31, 2019, after swallowing a piece of plastic cup.
He had a known history of consuming objects. An inquest ruled his death was misadventure.
Jeesal Akman Care Corporation, which ran the hospital until it shut in May, apologised, saying their care was "far below the standards we would have expected".