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Review after sacked nurse took his own life

Lawyers acting for the family of 41-year-old say he suffered from mental health issues following delays to disciplinary proceedings

10 November, 2017

NHS chiefs have launched an investigation into disciplinary proceedings that resulted in a nurse being dismissed shortly before he took his own life in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has commissioned independent consultancy Verita to review its process following the death of Amin Abdullah on February 9 last year.

The investigation has been approved by NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and follows a recommenda­tion made after an inquest inside his death at West­minster Coroner’s Court.

Lawyers acting for the family of the 41-year-old nurse said he suffered from mental health issues following delays to disciplinary proceedings by the Trust, which manages St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and admitted himself to a specialist unit. He was described at the inquest as a dedicated nurse who “lived for the job”.

This week, Imperial said in a statement: “Conclusions and recommendations from the investigation will be published so that any lessons learned can be applied across the NHS.”

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