I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)

Matthew was taken to, ‘a place of safety’, and died 7 days later. 24 others died by the same means, dating back to the year 2000. An indicator that little was done to address the growing problems. Something went terribly wrong with the NHS Mental Health Services provided to my son.

This petition closed on 6 Nov 2019 with 105,580 signatures


This content was generated for your convenience by Parallel Parliament and does not form part of the official record.
Recent Documents related to I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)

1. I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)
05/04/2019 - Petitions

Found: Matthew was taken to, ‘a place of safety’, and died 7 days later. 24 others died by the same means

2. Missed opportunities: What lessons can be learned from failings at the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
12/06/2019 - The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
- View source

Found: failings at the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust HC 2260 Missed opportunities: What

3. Public Health Outcomes Framework: indicator updates
23/10/2019 - Public Health England (PHE)
- View source

Found: We provide government, local government, t he NHS , Parliament, industry and the public with evidence

4. Public health outcomes framework: August 2019 data update
06/08/2019 - Public Health England (PHE)
- View source

Found: We provide government, local government, t he NHS , Parliament, industry and the public with evidence

5. INQUEST - written evidence
12/06/2019 - Inquiry: Prison governance - Justice Committee
- View source

Found: opportunity to respond to this Justice Committee inquiry on Prison Governance. This response focuses on

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)

1. Deaths in Mental Health Care
30/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: Health and Safety Executive criminal legal proceedings against Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation - Speech Link
2: considered e-petition 255823, relating to deaths in Mental Health care.It is an honour to serve under your - Speech Link

2. Care Quality Commission: Deaths in Mental Health Facilities
16/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: and Safety Executive has commenced criminal proceedings against Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation - Speech Link
2: the Care Quality Commission to investigate his death and provide his family with the justice and accountability - Speech Link

3. Mental Health Act 1983
25/07/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered reform of the Mental Health Act 1983.It is an absolute pleasure to serve - Speech Link

4. Health and Social Care
03/12/2020 - Ministerial Corrections

1: care of the NHS.[Official Report, 30 November 2020, Vol. 685, c. 18WH.]Letter of correction from the Minister - Speech Link
2: Minister for Patient Safety, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, the hon. Member for Mid Bedfordshire - Speech Link
3: clear that the families, and particularly Melanie Leahy, are happy with that. The chair has to be seen to - Speech Link

5. Baby Loss Awareness Week
23/09/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: loss—the diagnosis of severe spina bifida at the 20-week scan, and the choice, which is actually no choice - Speech Link
2: why their baby had died. As well as prevention of baby loss, which I will come to later, my focus in this - Speech Link
3: Minister, so I hope that we will hear more about it later in the year.Despite our making good progress, more - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to I request a full public inquiry into death of my son, Matthew Leahy. (20 yrs.)
Latest Questions

You may be interested in these active petitions

1. Abolish time limit for requesting sentences for child murder be reviewed - 15,988 signatures
2. Open a Public Inquiry into Covid-19 Vaccine Safety - 64,821 signatures
3. Review NHS treatment of pregnant women experiencing reduced fetal movements - 10,397 signatures

There really is no way that public concern can be allayed, short of an Inquiry.

All investigations to date, including police and inquest proceedings, have been based on a Trust Serious Incident Investigation. A four and half year Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman Report has now concluded that this investigation was not adequate and lacks credibility.

There has been an inadequacy of investigation. A human rights violation. New evidence has been uncovered and I request a statutory inquiry, that compels witnesses to give evidence on oath.

Matthew is not alone. Many others have died, whilst, ‘ In The Care Of The State’.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/suicide-mental-health-nhs-police-charges-health-care-matthew-leahy-melanie-a8634056.html


Petition Signatures over time

Government Response

Friday 2nd August 2019

The Government sincerely regrets Matthew’s death. NHS Improvement will review the care that he and others received and will provide advice in due course on whether a public inquiry should be held.


The Government apologises for the quality of care that Matthew and others have received. We are committed to improving the quality of care in mental health wards for anyone with a mental health issue, learning disability or autism. We know the problems that exist in the system and we are working to address them.

On 12 June 2019, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), published its report, Missed opportunities: What lessons can be learned from failings at the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which called for a national review of potential failings to ensure patient safety at the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. This report considered the care provided to Matthew Leahy. The report can be access here: https://www.ombudsman.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-06/Missed_opportunities_What_lessons_can_be_learned_from_failings_at_the_North_Essex_Partnership_University_NHS_Foundation.pdf

In line with the PHSO’s recommendations, NHS Improvement has agreed to conduct a review of the cases detailed in the report once the Health and Safety Executive’s investigation and any related activity has been completed. NHS Improvement will make recommendations to the Department of Health and Social Care once its review has been completed, including on whether a public inquiry is necessary. The review will also ensure that the learning from these tragic incidents is shared with mental health providers across the country.

The Trust has also recently undergone a Care Quality Commission inspection and NHS Improvement await the feedback from that.

NHS Improvement is leading work to develop a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world, this and this includes mental health.

We are introducing a new Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme to address important safety challenges in the mental health sector as well as implementing our ambition for eliminating suicides in mental health inpatient services. Every NHS mental health provider is required to have a zero suicide policy in place. There has been significant progress made by trusts in developing these plans, with regional suicide prevention leads supporting trusts to finalise them.

Cases like Matthew’s have called into question whether these types of institutions and in-patient settings are appropriate places in which to care for vulnerable people for any extended length of time. We are committed to improving the quality of care in mental health wards for anyone with a mental health issue, learning disability or autism. We know the problems that exist in the system and we are working hard to address them.

Department of Health and Social Care.


Constituency Data

Reticulating Splines