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Report makes recommendations following inquests

Fosters were recently instructed on behalf of the families of Ben King and Nicholas Briant to represent them at the respective inquests into their deaths.

Both men were patients at the now closed Cawston Park Hospital, and a report published on September 9th by the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board has upheld the findings of the original inquests, and has made 13 recommendations for key changes to try and prevent future care failures.

The report reviewed the deaths of both Ben and Nicholas, as well as that of Joanna Bailey – all three had learning disabilities and were homed at Cawston Park between April 2018 and July 2020.

In all three cases, serious failures were highlighted concerning the standard of the care they received at the Norfolk facility, and in Ben’s case a police investigation is taking place in connection with his treatment.

Commenting on the report, Fosters’ Head of Medical Negligence and Inquests David Gabell, said: “Our Inquests team helped support the families of both Ben and Nicholas during the inquests into their tragic deaths. In both cases their care was far below what should be expected and has thrown light on ill-treatment and neglect which ultimately contributed to their deaths.

“We have been privileged to have been able to help the families in their search for justice – and hope that the recommendations highlighted by this report are followed through to prevent any other families experiencing what they have had to go through.”

To find out more about Ben King’s inquest please read our case study.


The BBC have also reported on the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board report.

For more information on our Inquests services and how our team could help support your family, please contact 01603 620508.

This article was produced on the 9th September 2021 by our Medical Negligence & Inquests team for information purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as specific legal advice.