Call for inquiry after death at unit

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Mental health charities have called for an independent inquiry following the death of a “beautiful young woman and daughter” who reached 26st in weight after she was isolated in a padded room at a specialist unit in Market Weighton for seven years.

Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation made the call to the Department of Health as a coroner decided that he did not think any plan to treat 25-year-old Stephanie Bincliffe’s dangerous weight gain would have worked due to her challenging behaviour.

But East Yorkshire coroner Professor Paul Marks said in a narrative verdict that there was no cohesive plan in place to manage Miss Bincliffe’s weight and behaviour at Linden House, in Market Weighton - a private assessment and treatment unit, the charities said.

Full story in this week’s (27 November) Pocklington Post.