David Strang

NHS Tayside announced the inquiry in May after a campaign by families who said at least 10 suicides could have been prevented had better help been given at Dundee’s Carseview mental health unit.

Newly appointed chairman, David Strang, recently held his first meeting with the Stakeholder Participation Group comprising patients, families and carers.

He was appointed after a recommendation by the inquiry’s group, who met all the candidates for chairman.

Mr Strang said: “I am very keen to ensure wide engagement in the inquiry and hope that anyone and everyone who has evidence for the inquiry will feel able to contribute their views and experience.

“I can guarantee that everyone who contributes will be treated with dignity and respect and will be supported throughout the process.”

The inquiry began at around the same time as a fatal accident inquiry into the death of Dundee man Dale Thomson.

The 28-year-old committed suicide after discharging himself from Carseview centre in 2015.

The inquiry concluded his death was “unavoidable”, however, it also said there were “shortcomings” in NHS systems which were “relevant” to his death.



Link to Evening Telegraph article here