An inquiry has been launched after a patient was unexpectantly found dead in ward toilets at a Birmingham hospital.
The sudden death of a man in his 30s at Selly Oak Hospital has been referred to Birmingham coroner Aidan Cotter.
But Randhir Singh, another patient on the ward at the time, has claimed the man was a recovering drug addict and nurses ignored his pleas for help.
Mr Singh said that although vulnerable, nurses allowed the man to go to the toilet on his own and did not check on him for some time.
“The man had been in the toilets for quite a while and the other patients on the ward were worried about him and told the nurses they should be keeping an eye on him,” said Mr Singh. “It was only then that nurses went to the toilet and found him dead. It looked like an overdose.
“They should have been keeping a closer eye on him. This man’s mother was devastated. I want the truth to come out on whether there was negligence on the nurses’ part for her sake. ”
Police initially investigated the death at the end of July on Ward B1 but found there were no suspicious circumstances and referred the matter to the coroner’s court.
Gareth Duggan, spokesman for University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, said: “The Trust is reviewing this incident as part of its normal procedures related to an unexpected death and no members of staff are suspended. It would be inappropriate for the Trust to comment further at this time.”