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Care firm making millions faces questions after kids die on its watch

Inquests held just seven days apart heard how Nadia Shah, 16, and 19-year-old Leon Tasi were found with ligatures round their neck at clinics run by private company Elysium Healthcare. In both cases juries were told inadequate checks had been made on the pair.

Nadia’s devastated mum is now calling for the Care Quality Commission to prosecute the company. Nadia died in 2019 at a clinic in Potters Bar, Herts. Leon took his life last year at Chadwick Lodge in Milton Keynes. An inquest jury ruled the youngster had been failed by the clinic. Nadia should have been checked every 15 minutes to make sure she didn’t harm herself, it was said. But when she was found with a towel around her neck as a ligature, she hadn’t been monitored for 19 minutes.

At Leon’s inquest, a coroner was told staff gave him back his belt – which he then used to hang himself. He had been detained under the mental health act. Staff had failed to carry out an hourly visual check to see that he was safe, the inquest was told.

Full story in The Mirror, 28 November 2021

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