Man discharged from MRI mental health unit died hours later after trying to take own life outside

A man who died after trying to take his own life inside hospital grounds just hours after being discharged from his mental health unit could have had his ‘right to life’ breached, an inquest heard.

Daniel Kirton, 35, visited the mental health team at Manchester Royal Infirmary on December 3, 2020, before he was discharged.

Tragically, though, after he left he tried to take his own life on hospital grounds, before ‘rolling’ onto nearby Upper Brook Street. He was hit by a taxi at around 11.35pm and pronounced dead in the hospital on December 4.

who was unemployed and of no fixed abode, passed away at Manchester Royal Infirmary in December 2020. On December 3, the 35-year-old visited the mental health team at the hospital.

He was then discharged. Mr Kirton attempted to take his own life on hospital grounds, before ‘rolling’ onto Upper Brook Street.

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An inquest into Mr Kirton’s death was opened on December 23, 2020, at Manchester Coroners Court. A pre-inquest review was also held on November 18 last year.

A further pre-inquest review took place today (March 3), during which coroner Zak Golombeck submitted that an ‘Article 2’ inquest needed to take place into Daniel’s death.

“I’m satisfied there was an Article 2 (right to life) breach of operational duty,” Mr Golombeck said.

The scope of the inquest will look at concerns over whether Daniel should have been admitted to hospital after coming into A&E, his management by the hospital and the mental health trust on December 3 and 4. It will also look at concerns over how three security guards dealt with Daniel on the hospital grounds.

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A view of Manchester Royal Infirmary from Upper Brook Street, where Daniel Kirton died in December 2020

Sam Harmel, representing the family, agreed with Mr Golombeck, saying: “There is no doubt this was an individual who was vulnerable who’d attempted suicide two or three ways on the grounds in the space of two and a half hours after being in A&E.

“If there are situations starker than this (for Article 2) than I’m struggling to see one.”

Interested persons representing the hospital and the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust have 14 days to put submissions to the coroner against it being an Article 2 inquest.

Statements are also being sought from two nurses who were with Daniel for a time outside the hospital buildings while still on the grounds.

Mr Golombeck does not believe a jury will be needed for the trial, however, this could change.

No official date has been set for the full inquest, but Mr Golombeck said it is likely to be after summer this year and will probably take multiple days.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING , FK8 2SA and visit to find your nearest branch.

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CALM (0800 58 58 58) has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester who has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief.

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organization supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711.

Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13.

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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