Investigation into staff involved in care of Dundee men who committed suicide

                                                      Dale Thomson, left, and David Ramsay both died after visiting Carseview


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Family ‘want answers’ from health board after Dundee dad took his own life

David Ramsay Snr wants to know why his son, David (right), was not admitted to Carseview four days before he was found dead in Templeton Woods.

The family of a Dundee man who took his own life are set to meet NHS bosses to demand answers over his death as they push for a fatal accident inquiry into the tragedy.

David Ramsay was found dead at the city’s Templeton Woods on October 9 2016.

His father David Ramsay Snr and niece Gillian Murray were due to sit down with NHS Tayside’s medical director Dr Andrew Russell to discuss the circumstances leading up to the 50-year-old’s death.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Gillian said: “This meeting will be an opportunity for the NHS medical director to apologise to us directly, as well as allow them the chance to attempt to answer the family’s questions before all of the information is sent to the Crown.”

David Ramsay Snr

Before he died, David had been suffering from a mental breakdown that led to psychosis.

After harming himself and attempting to take his own life by overdosing, David’s family convinced him to seek help from his doctor.

David’s GP contacted NHS Tayside’s Carseview Centre by emergency referral with a view to him being seen by mental health staff.

Mr Ramsay claims the medics decided against admitting his son — and David’s body was discovered four days later.

Gillian added: “Our main question is why, after three suicide attempts in less than a week and multiple attempts by his family and his GP to get him detained at Carseview Centre, was David repeatedly sent away?

“My entire family has been torn apart knowing that David was asking for help and it is our opinion that Carseview sent him to his death. We know that had David received the help, he would be here today.

“The way in which my family and I have been treated by Carseview and the NHS since David’s death has been nothing less than barbaric.”

David Ramsay

Mr Ramsay previously told the Tele he believed his son might still be alive if he had been admitted to one of the wards at Carseview.

The 79-year-old, of St Mary’s, said he feared he’d die without getting answers over why his son wasn’t given the treatment he felt he needed.

Mr Ramsay is being represented by solicitor Danny Devine, of Myles Muir and Laverty, as he presses for a fatal accident inquiry to be held.

A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “As this is a legal matter, it would not be appropriate to comment.”



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