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Essex NHS Trust to be sentenced for deaths of 11 patients on Wednesday 16th following HSE investigation

The Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court, this Wednesday, 16th June, following an investigation into the deaths of 11 patients between 2004 and 2015. The trust pled guilty in November last year.

The prosecution related to how the Trust, previously known as the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEPUFT), managed environmental risks from fixed potential ligature points in its inpatient wards between 25 October 2004 and 31 March 2015.

The sentencing comes as the families of more than 70 individuals who died or were severely mistreated whilst in the care of mental health services in Essex continue their campaign for a Statutory Public Inquiry to examine the ‘inept’ care in the county. The Government has continually rejected their calls, and has instead initiated a non-statutory inquiry with no powers to compel witnesses and evidence under oath.

Families campaigning for a statutory public inquiry will be protesting outside the court between 14:00 and 17:00. The families are represented by Hodge Jones & Allen.

A further statement will be released following the sentencing on Wednesday.

Please email for further details, or would like to request an interview with the families or legal team.

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