Thursday 23 March 2017

Probe into TV cable death

A MENTAL HEALTH services watchdog has demanded a detailed report on the death of a pensioner who accidentally strangled herself with a TV cable at one of Ireland's biggest psychiatric hospitals, writes Ralph Riegel.

The woman -- a patient in her early 70s at St Stephen's Hospital in Cork -- got a TV cord tangled around her neck last Sunday and subsequently strangled herself in her struggles to get free.

The Office of the Inspector of Mental Health Services has confirmed that it has requested a full report on the matter.

The inspector has the power to make recommendations -- should they be required -- on the basis of the incident and the report findings.

Preliminary post-mortem examination results found that the woman's injuries were consistent with the pensioner having died in a freak accident.

A file on the matter will now be prepared for a Cork Coroner's inquest later this year.

Irish Independent

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