Published: 10/04/2003, Volume II3, No. 5850 Page 10

Nearly five years after the death of patient David 'Rocky'Bennett following a struggle with psychiatric nurses at an NHS clinic, an independent panel of inquiry will this month hear from experts on how similar tragedies could be prevented.Mr Bennett, a young black man, died in October 1998 after a struggle at the Norvic Clinic in Norwich, which is now run by Norfolk Mental Health Care trust.An inquest in 2001 recorded a verdict of accidental death aggravated by neglect.Mental health charity Mind and Mr Bennett's family are still calling for a public inquiry into the death. Last month the inquiry panel, chaired by retired High Court judge Sir John Blofeld, took evidence about the circumstances of Mr Bennett's death.This month's public hearings will hear from experts in mental health, race and restraint techniques.The panel welcomes contributions from organisations or individuals.

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