June 24, 2008
Mother to Sue NHS After Attack By Her Son
A MERSEYSIDE mother whose schizophrenic son attacked her and stabbed her husband to death is suing the NHS.
Pauline Reece is claiming pounds 100,000 after her son's mental condition spiralled out of control.
The former software tester tried to find an axe before grabbing two kitchen knives.
He attacked Mrs Reece, then his father Alan as he protected her.
Mr Reece admitted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm in July, 2004.
He was sectioned and held at Ashworth hospital.
Between July 2000 and July 2003, Reece saw Freshfield Surgery doctors at least seven times.
Schizophrenia was diagnosed and he was asked to see psychiatrists.
A mental health practitioner at Southport's Hesketh Centre wrote to the surgery saying an urgent home visit was needed.
But the writ alleges her letter was not read.
Mrs Reece, now of Mount house Road, Freshfield, is claiming Sefton primary care trust, Mersey Care NHS trust and GP Dr Brian Garston negligently endangered the lives of her and her husband.
Sefton PCT and Mersey Care said they could not comment on an active case.
Dr Garston, of Delaware Road, Southport, refused to comment because of patient confidentiality.
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