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South Lakeland nurse killed himself after being wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with patient, inquest hears

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Suicide: South Lakeland nurse killed himself after being wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with patient, inquest hears

10:21am Friday 12th July 2013 in News

A NURSE was found hanged at his South Lakeland home after being wrongly accused of inapporpriate contact with a female patient, an inquest heard.

Christopher Milnes, 50, was fully exonerated but at the hearing his family hit out at Morecambe Bay NHS Trust for taking so long to inform him he was in the clear.

The false claim was made while Mr Milnes was working at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in May 2012.

He was found dead at home in Chestnut Close, Holme, near Milnthorpe, on December 16.
A pathologist gave the cause of death as hanging and found no alcohol, drugs or underlying health conditions.



Ian Milnes said his brother was in good health and in a good relationship.

But he told the inquest that in the 18 months before his death, Christopher dealt with ‘so much death and trauma’ as a nurse while employed by an agency across the country, which caused him stress.

This included the death of a child at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Mr Milnes’ mother, Patricia Dixon, said he was a highly-qualified nurse of 30 years’ experience who had been employed all over the world.

When the casualty department closed at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal he went to work for an agency, she told the hearing.

But in May 2012, Mr Milnes was told in a telephone call from a matron at Lancaster that he had...
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