Apologies to my readers. This website is substantially out of date with regard to new findings of corruption and lying at the NHS Trust which was responsible for my son Nick’s death. I will be updating this shortly when I am well enough to do so.

November 2018 – It is now ten years since my son took his life following sparse but brutally intimidating contact with his GP, and local mental health and social services who, after his death, accused him of of being “uncooperative” with regard to treatment interventions, pathways and plans, without ever having explained these before writing him off, three times over five years of illness.

Opinion: It has been the clear intention of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust (now BSMHFT) in colluding with the Health Services Ombudsman (the PHSO), to ensure the truth would not be exposed, and to denigrate, harass and destroy the complainant: a bereaved father wanting to report the negligence seen, that left his son without chances. 

The corruption in investigation, now extended for 10 years over leadership and organisation changes at BSMHFT and at the PHSO, has shown entire lack of candour and honesty in making efforts to cover-up matters leading up to my son’s avoidable death.

Fact: The last straw, just to give an illustration of what I have had to face in the sustained process of abusively conducted denials by NHS and PHSO, beginning with:

“we feel there would be no worthwhile outcome to an investigation”

…and then seven years later reporting:

“Nick would probably have died anyway”

…in arbitrarily dismissing so many key factors of negligence and broken policies, that the first statement might well be the PHSO’s headline policy: and certainly an ‘agenda’.

The above ‘whiplashes’ were supposed to be intelligent conclusions to a ‘professional’ investigation requested ten years ago. Yet it clearly showed the PHSO’s obvious difficulty and stigma over mental health and suicide issues. Ten years has seen no change. A write-off from R Behrens (PHSO) in reviewing them showed the same thinking, and made no effort to redress.

The complaint, to-date, is still unresolved and, with the current irrational responses and evidenced corruption showing the PHSO’s unfitness for purpose (and you might wish research this on line), it may well explain why so many people are being first let down by the NHS, and then again after a subsequent loss of child or close relative. The PHSO’s outcome is supposed to be “Final Answer” for truth, fairness, justice (and reconciliation?), and yet the office of PHSO is not a judge, there is no jury and no open questions are placed on witnesses with any onus to be candid, or even qualified to answer. The PHSO is of course not a body of professionals – and is unaccountable to none.

However, feel free to read on, with past efforts and responses after I made a complaint to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, and the death of my son after making it. Matters of the complaint were known to all front line staff, GPs, NHSTrust and Social Services, but none had reacted….  but actually had dismissed them!

BSMHFT current CEO J. Short and Trust Chair S. Davis and PHSO R Behrens have all been advised, but have refused to respond -except in a negative manner- as of 30/11/18. They are aware that their actions have caused further harm, which, exactly as with my son, they have showed no interest to assess. I should not need to point out that these (non)actions are against EU and UK law.


Previously, on this website:

“This is an account dedicated to questioning accounts of, and learning from, my son’s  sad and unnecessary death. Nick departed us aged 29 in November 2008. He’d been ill for at least 6 years, but efforts made to get help from healthcare services were fruitless mainly due to misguided and amateur responses from his GP medical practitioners and from specialist NHS Trust mental health services.

I’m writing about it because it may help others avoid similar circumstances, although I can’t really offer any positive advice except be careful who you trust when it comes to healthcare, never take No for an answer and, most importantly, keep a diary of every action you or the Service takes – names, dates, actions.

The events although intensely distressing are important to me and may be a source of information to help others, while at the same time help me cope with my entirely terrible loss, and the extended aftermath of the sad affair, arguably preventable by simple steps and common sense exercised by those we turn to who ‘have the knowledge’.

Unfortunately those people can be hard to reach and are often misguided in their interpretations of patient care and who, in our case, let us down at practically every turn: let down by ignorance, incompetence and arrogance.

Complaining was futile.  But it was too late when I found all this  out – my son was gone. What a nice sincere and honest lad; and what a waste even yet (2017) to be appreciated for its implications.

In the aftermath was another fiasco: my loss led to the minefield of making a new complaint.

I still trusted that in the UK there was a complaints process and an inquiry system to bring out the truth, find out what happened: why we were let down. I was wrong: the system again let me down due firstly to the self-interest and duplicity of  services involved and then—when this failed—an approach to the health services ombudsman (PHSO) whose task is the issues and learn from the mistakes—in theory. At the time of update—September 2017—the matter is still unresolved due to successive further incompetence by that body. The trust is destroyed.

The account here represents my well-supported views, along with facts and experiences. But my evidence, according to the PHSO, ‘doesn’t count’, or it is in any case ‘trumped’ by suspect and inaccurate  NHS evidence however deceitful and meagre. That is their appreciation of Customer Service to complaints; never gaining insight to tragic loss; never appreciating and learning from mistakes for greater benefit: more years wasted, and potentially more tragic losses through the same mistakes.

It’s not a matter of the common answer-back “we’ll never know” why so-and-so took their own life.  I want to know why unprofessional elements in Government Services palpably aggravated the illness they had recognised, making no effort to apply healthcare policies.

Where should I start?

“your son would probably have died anyway”