Private mental health group faces multimillion fine after death of NHS-funded girl in its care

A private mental health group is facing a multi million-pound fine for breaching health and safety laws after a 14-year old with a history of suicide attempts died in its care.

The girl was treated at the Priory Group’s Ticehurst House psychiatric hospital in East Sussex and was deemed high-risk, but three months after she was admitted she died in the trust’s care, Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard.

The Priory Group is charged with failing to discharge its duty to ensure people were not exposed to risk in what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind. Prosecutor Sarah Le Fevre proposed a £2.4m fine as the starting point for the offence, although the company could be fined an unlimited amount.

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