November 28, 2014

East Yorkshire, Uk – Stephanie Bincliffe, 25 who was autistic and from Nottingham, died in a treatment unit at Market Weighton, East Yorkshire. An inquest detailed that Ms Bincliffe died of heart problems related to obesity. She had been in the hospital for seven years.

Coroner Paul Marks in August 2013, concluded that her death was “not a case of neglect”.

Learning disability charities are now pushing for a further inquiry into her death.

Mr Marks also said that because of her severe autism and tendency to self harm,  none of the usual treatments such as calorie controlled diets or surgery  were available options to be used.

Ms Bincliffe was sectioned under the  Mental Health Act when aged18. During her seven year stay in hospital her family told that her weight had increased by 10 stone.

Ms Bincliff’s mother was both disappointed and outraged with the verdict.She added:

“Things have to change for the future so that this does not happen again.”

Both the chief executive of Mencap, and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have called upon the Department of Health to conduct an independent inquiry into “any death of a person with a learning disability in an inpatient unit.”

The original story on the BBC News website can be read here


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