NHS Trust fined following failures to manage environmental risks.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUFT) has been fined for failing to manage environmental risks within its mental health inpatient wards. .
Court heard that, between 25 Oct. 2004 & 31 Mar. 2015, the Trust failed to effectively manage recognised risks from potential fixed ligature points in its inpatient wards, resulting in mental health patients being exposed to unacceptable & avoidable risk at a time when they were most vulnerable.
Tragically eleven inpatients died during this time-frame whose deaths involved access to fixed ligature points.
The Trust was fined £1,500,000 & to pay costs of £ 86222.23
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