Independent review of GMMH foundation trust published
1 February 2024
The Independent Review of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), published yesterday, concluded that a ‘significant cultural shift’ was required the scale of which ‘should not be underestimated’.
The report was commissioned in response to public outrage after the BBC broadcast an episode of Panorama in September 2022 which depicted severe mistreatment of patients at the Edenfield Centre in Prestwich.
The Edenfield Centre is part of GMMH which was providing the care for Rowan Thompson when they died in October 2020 whilst an inpatient at the Gardener Unit of Prestwich Hospital.
The jury at the inquest into the death of Rowan Thompson found that Rowan’s death was contributed to by neglect due to the failure to communicate the findings of blood tests.
Charlie Millers also died while under the care of GMMH at Prestwich Hospital. The inquest into Charlie’s death is due to start in April 2024.
Ciara Bartlam of our inquests and inquiries team represents Rowan’s family and Charlie’s family, instructed by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Kelly Darlington and Alice Wood of Farleys Solicitors LLP. The families are supported by INQUEST senior caseworker, Jodie Anderson.