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Coroner of Inquests recommends change at Scottish hospital trust

Man committed suicide on Isle of Man 3 days after receiving treatment at Falkirk hospital

The Island's Coroner of Inquests will write to a Scottish hospital trust to recommend change following the suicide of a man at the Snugborough Trading Estate.

James McLean died as a result of asphyxia due to hanging in June last year, just three days after receiving treatment for an overdose at a hospital in Falkirk.

The 29-year-old had suffered on and off with drug addiction since his teenage years, and decided to move to the Isle of Man to live with his father just days before his death after suffering a relapse.

The court heard he discharged himself from hospital after being taken for treatment following an apparent overdose, and caught a train to Heysham to sail to Douglas the next day.

He sought treatment for withdrawal symptoms at MEDS at Noble's Hospital shortly after arriving on the Island, as well as on the day of his death.

After hearing evidence from the medical staff who treated Mr McLean in Scotland, John Needham told the hearing he would recommend a review of training and oversight of doctors at the Forth Valley NHS Trust, as well as recommending overdose patients be seen by more senior doctors for self-discharge.

Mr Needham recorded a verdict of suicide, stating Mr McLean's intentions were impulsive but intentional.

The Coroner of Inquests offered his condolences to Mr McLean's relatives, adding that he was a dedicated family man who was very attached to his 6-year-old daughter, and that he will be missed by all family members.

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