Lambeth Council health committee to hear evidence from SLAM post Rigg Inquest

Lambeth Council health committee to hear evidence from SLAM post Rigg Inquest

The Lambeth Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee (HASSC) will be hearing evidence from South London and Maudsley NHS (SLAM) Trust, Marcia Rigg, the sister of Sean Rigg and Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) from 7.00pm today, Tuesday 23rd October 2012, in the Council Chamber, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW.

Chaired by Cllr Edward Davie, the HASSC meeting will include discussions on mental health service issues in the borough in light of the Sean Rigg Inquest verdict.

The HASSC is responsible for looking at the planning, provision and operation of health services in Lambeth and the health and well being of one of the most diverse populations in the country.

The committee’s meetings are held in public and representatives from SLAM have been asked to attend Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the mental health service issues arising from the coroner inquest into the death of Mr Rigg.

Sean Rigg tragically lost his life just an hour after he was picked up by police from Brixton Police station while in urgent need of mental health care on the 21st August 2008.

The inquest verdict into this case concluded that both the actions of both the Metropolitan Police and SLAM more than minimally contributed to his death.

The committee will be questioning the SLAM on how it has responded since the death of Mr Rigg and acted upon the recent coroner findings and will wish to seek assurances around support for people with serious mental health problems in Lambeth and associated multi-agency working.

The HASSC are also looking for assurances from SLAM that changes have been put in place since the musician and songwriter’s death which ensure that a tragedy like this does not occur again.

The London borough of Lambeth is home to one of the largest African Caribbean communities in the Europe. This case has spotlighted how people from this community are often treated by statutory services.

Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said: ‘Lambeth has some of the highest detention rates under the Mental Health Act in the country. Black Mental Health UK are keen to see an improvement in the treatment of people African Caribbean communities who come in contact with these services. This group, who are currently subject to the harshest treatment and the longest stays in hospital.

Concerns have also been brought to the attention of BMH UK and the HASSC over a recent incident at SLAM involving the police. It is hoped that today’s meeting will throw more light on this issue and begin the start of the process which ensures that tragedies like Sean Rigg and Olaseni Lewis do not happen again.’

Event: Lambeth Council’s Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Committee (HASSC).
Date: Tuesday 23 October
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW
Nearest Tube: Brixton, on the Victoria line
Allow at least 20 minutes to go through security checks and the walk to the council chamber

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