Inquest finds multiple failings contributed to Abbi McAllister’s death


The inquest into the death of Abbi McAllister has found that failures in the mental health services were so severe they amounted to neglect. The 23 year-old woman took her own life after absconding from her carers. Abbi McAllister was under the care of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS foundation trust and despite having a history of mental health problems, including attempts to take her own life, she was allowed to get into a taxi by herself and abscond. Staff failed to report her missing immediately and did not take the required actions to ensure her safety. McAllister’s father now hopes that the Trust makes the necessary changes to ensure that future patients remain safe whilst in their care. Kirsten Sjovoll from Matrix Chambers and Gus Silverman of Irwin Mitchell represented the family in this inquest.