“Deficiencies” in practices at a psychiatric unit contributed to the suicide of a Dundee dad, it has been claimed.
Dale Thomson, 28, turned to Carseview Centre for help in January after barricading himself in his flat. But he was allowed to leave the centre by doctors and found dead in his Charleston home just over two weeks later by mum Mandy McLaren, 48.
Mandy has consistently argued that if Carseview had sectioned her son, he would still be here today.
Now, the Tele can reveal that in a report to the procurator fiscal, consultant psychiatrist Dr Allan Scott of NHS Lothian concluded the centre “contributed” to Dale’s death.
Dale, father to 23-month-old Evi, had been hearing voices, having paranoid ideas and previously tried ending his life before becoming an in-patient at Carseview between January 8 and January 10.
Mandy said her son had become frustrated at not receiving help and asked to be discharged, which was accepted.
But Dr Scott’s report said “consideration should have been given” to an Emergency Detention Certificate, but it wasn’t.
Dr Scott said this would have extended Dale’s admission and triggered an examination by an Approved Medical Practitioner (AMP).
That he wasn’t assessed by an AMP or a consultant psychiatrist was “a major deficiency and was unreasonable” in Dr Scott’s view.
He added: “There were deficiencies in the assessment Mr Thomson received while an in-patient on ward two of the Carseview Centre.
“These deficiencies were the result of defects in the system of working. I also concluded that the deficiencies in the assessment contributed to his death by suicide on January 27.”
Mandy said that she believes Dale would still be alive today if Carseview staff hadn’t allowed her son to leave.
She said: “I agree with the report. Until things change at Carseview and they are held accountable, they will make the same mistakes. Had he been sectioned he would be here today. If he didn’t want help he would have just went away and killed himself in the first place, but he knew he needed help and tried to get it.”
Mandy said every day is difficult without Dale. She added: “He was the life and soul of a party, he was really lively and he doted on his wee girl.
“The day she was born was the happiest I ever saw him and at that point he was looking forward to things. But with people with mental health issues they can be happy one day and the next they are down.
“It’s hard every day for us without him. We still expect him to come through the door. His mates still leave messages for him on his Facebook page and there was about 400 or 500 people at his funeral.”
Muir, Myles and Laverty solicitor, Danny Devine, is now in the process of piecing together a medical negligence claim against NHS Tayside on Mandy’s behalf.
He said: “I am in the process of getting in touch with the procurator fiscal and I will request a fatal accident inquiry.
“I do believe that there is something fundamentally wrong at Carseview.
“There appears to have been a number of people who have been trying to get detained and for whatever reason they were let out.
“I have been instructed by Mandy to initiate a medical negligence claim against NHS for the failure to detain Dale.
“I believe we have a strong case for the NHS to answer for here.”
Responding to the report, a spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “Due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to discuss matters relating to individual patients.” matters relating to individual patients.”