Death Due to Restraint and a Call for the End of The Use of Prone Restraint
A host of community activists, health campaigners and church leaders have voiced their outrage at the news of the death of a 23 year old student who lost his life after being restrained of by a team of seven police officers on a psychiatric ward in South London.
Olaseni Lewis lost his life on the same day that Colin Holt a 57 year old black service users also suffered fatal injuries after police went to his home on the 31st of August this year. These deaths have led to calls for an end to the use of prone restraint on mental health service users and for all mental health providers to phase out the use of calling police to deal with internal incidences within psychiatric settings. To read the full article go to: http://www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=838&Itemid=117
Why Are Such Techniques Still Being Used?
The risk of the prone restraint and other such techniques such as neck-locks should be outlawed for all except the most exceptional of circumstances where there is a risk t live and limb. All too often these techniques are used as a substitute for poor staffing levels or lack of suitable and sufficient training. In other cases they are used purely because that is what has always been taught.
Listen to an Eminent Lawyers Opinion on the Use of Such techniques
To listen to Michael Mansfield QC’s view on the use of these types of techniques go to: http://www.nfps.info/reasonable-force-audio-mp3
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