A PROVISIONAL date has been set for the inquest of a woman with severe learning difficulties who died while in care in the county.

At a pre-inquest review hearing yesterday (September 16), coroner David Reid announced that a full hearing will be held on July 20 next year into the death of Sally Lewis, who died in October 2017 at the age of 55.

At the time of her death, Miss Lewis, from Worcester, was living in the care of Dimensions UK, who provide specialist care for adults with serious learning disabilities, in Bromsgrove.

Miss Lewis died from sepsis after her bowel burst following a faecal impaction, and barrister Adam Wagner, representing Miss Lewis’ family, made the case for an Article 2 inquest under the Human Rights Act to examine the care Miss Lewis received.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service: “Article 2 inquests are enhanced inquests held in cases where the State or ‘its agents’ have ‘failed to protect the deceased against a human threat or other risk’ or where there has been a death in custody.”

“Cases where the deceased has been under the care or responsibility of social services or healthcare professionals are also often included in this category of inquest.”

Miss Lewis’ family is trying to raise the £6,000 required to pay the legal costs required for the Article 2 inquest.

On their fundraising page, Miss Lewis’ sister, Julie said: “We, Sally’s family, think that her death was totally preventable.

“She was our sunshine and she will be forever loved.”

For more, go to www.crowdjustice.com/case/justiceforsally

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