Manchester police probe client’s death

Police are investigating claims that a mentally ill patient died
after he was given painkillers to subdue his behaviour.

Bolton, Salford and Trafford NHS Mental Health Trust has
suspended three members of staff after the 77-year-old man died at
Woodlands Hospital in Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, last

The matter is now being investigated by Greater Manchester
Police and detectives are awaiting the results of a post-mortem

The trust said that five days before the man died they had been
made aware of “clinical concerns” involving patient care on his
ward, and had taken immediate action. A helpline has been set up by
the trust as a result of the claims.

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