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INQUEST AND BEREAVED FAMILIES TO MEET HEALTH MINISTER ON MENTAL HEALTH AND POLICING

14 January 2014

15th January, 2pm, Department of Health, Richmond House, Whitehall

Tomorrow INQUEST team members and four families of young men who died following contact with the police will meet Norman Lamb, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for mental health services.

The families of Sean Rigg, James Herbert, Olaseni Lewis and Thomas Orchard will attend the meeting.  All died in circumstances involving the use of force and restraint by the police during a mental health crisis.  

The families will use the meeting to highlight their concerns about the dangerous lack of progress in ensuring a national strategy on policing and mental health and the tragedy of further deaths in disturbingly similar circumstances.

Not to diminish the efforts of many individuals, piecemeal initiatives are not good enough to address a problem that needs a holistic response.

INQUEST will be represented at the meeting by Deborah Coles, Co-Director and Victoria McNally, Caseworker.

For furhter information on the four deaths see press releases.

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