Birmingham Prison's medical system was branded 'disorganised' yesterday at the inquest into the death of a man who was found dead in his cell.
Heroin addict Darren Davies (23), from Kingstanding, died at the prison just four days into a three-month sentence in March 2001, after he become seriously ill and dehydrated.
A jury concluded he had died of natural causes but, returned a narrative verdict, stating: "He [Davies] didn't realise the severity of his condition.
"Winson Green was running a disorganised medical system at the time due to a lack of resources. It is therefore difficult for a suitable analysis of events to be made."
Davies's mother Christine had contested a verdict of accidental death returned following a five-day inquest in February 2002, and the Court of Appeal ruled there should be a new inquest.
Speaking after the inquest yesterday, she said: "At least my son's death has done something for other people who go to prison for the first time, because they will get the medical care they need.
"Darren suffered a lot and he shouldn't have suffered the way he did. Our feelings have been considered, and we didn't feel they were at the first inquest."
The family is now considering taking civil action against the prison. ..SUPL: