A prison governor has made an apology after a coroner’s rule that the diabetes sufferer’s death was caused due to neglect.
Shane Oakland aged 26 died in Nottingham Prison during Easter 2003. The prison staff thought Shane was going through drug withdrawal.
Governor Wendy Sinclair stated: “We have improved a vast amount of practice and hopefully this sort of tragedy will not happen again.”
The inquest found that he died due to natural causes “contributed to by neglect”.
Shane’s family is contemplating taking legal action as a result of his death. Yet the prison says they cannot be sued due to being protected by Crown immunity.
The inquest jury were informed that a staff member with knowledge of diabetic treatment could have seen to him
Nigel Chapma, Nottinghamshire coroner stated that there was little if non communication and prison care.
He stated that if someone had questioned Shane as to whether he had taken his insulin or nor – his life would have been saved.
“If he had been given the appropriate nourishment and medication by the staff he could have been saved,” the family lawyer Paul Bacon said.
But a health screening record for the patient was missing. Mr Smith said his view was prisoners took responsibility for their diabetes management as they would in the community

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