Call for Market Weighton death inquiry

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Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An investigation should be launched into the death of an autistic woman in a treatment unit in Market Weighton, according to mental health charities.

Stephanie Bincliffe had been held under the Mental Health Act for seven years when she died aged 25 from obesity-related heart problems and sleep apnoea in August 2013.

Recording a narrative verdict, Hull and East Riding coroner Paul Marks concluded her death was “not a case of neglect”.

He said that her condition made it difficult for available treatments to be used.

But the family believe it is “outrageous” that their daughter was sectioned and kept in a padded room at Huntercombe Hospital for so long.

According to the verdict, Ms Bincliffe’s severe autism and tendency to self-harm meant that calorie control and diet pills could not be used.

Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have called on the Department of Health to launch an inquiry.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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