18 Feb 2020

Staff failures blamed in mental health unit suicide inquest

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 18 February 2020

The mother of a man suspected to have committed suicide while in a mental health unit says there were a series of failures by staff that led to his death.

Samuel Fischer died in mid-April 2015, after he had been admitted to a facility at Wellington Hospital at the end of January.

During an inquest into his death, Mr Fischer's mother, Lyn Copland said some of the responsibility lay with the people who were caring for him in the ward.

Harry Lock reports.