Sunday, 18 September 2016

Forest Bank prison staff 'failed to pass on information' about inmate who died from asthma attack

Salford’s Forest Bank has been criticised after a young inmate died in another prison. Ashley Gill, 25, died from an asthma attack in his cell at HMP Liverpool in Walton after being moved from Forest Bank, at Agecroft. An inquest heard that healthcare staff at Forest Bank failed to transfer information relating to Ashley’s asthma and prescribed medication when he went to Walton. Ashley suffered from chronic brittle asthma, which he had since he was a child. Ashley did not receive health screening after arriving at HMP Liverpool and was not assigned a chronic disease manager due to staff shortages. Fifteen days after his transfer Ashley formally complained about not receiving his medication. He never received his full medication while at Walton. An inquest jury found that neglect contributed to his death. This included failure by Forest Bank to provide initial information regarding his care plan and medication.

Comment: Forest Bank shame on you! Condolences to the young man's family.