SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE CARNAHAN FAMILY UPDATE: 7/3/17 : OVER 7000, yes SEVEN THOUSAND signatures now collected!! Join us this Saturday 11 March, outside Belfast City Hall, and support the Carnahan family. Remember, there’s power in numbers…
The family of the late Seanpaul Carnahan are petitioning
Mr John Larkin, Attorney General NI, Mr, Joe McCrisken, Coroner, Dr Jon Shaffer, (who reported at original inquest) Dr B Herron, Pathologist,
Bernie Owens, Director of Unscheduled and Acute Care, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Belfast, Michelle O’Neill, Ex Health
Minister, Stormont Ward, Belfast, and Damian McAlister, Director of Human Resources, Belfast Health & Social Care
Trust., in order to establish full disclosure, truth, justice & accountability following Seanpaul’s
death whilst in the care of Belfast Health & Social Care Trust on 19 July 2013.! !
We encourage everyone who believes in truth, justice & accountability to sign this petition and
attend the rally in memory of Seanpaul on Saturday 11 March 2017 at 3pm on the outside
cobbled area at Belfast City Hall.
We invite all those named above to attend so that they can each be presented with a copy of
the signed petition and listen to the planned speeches on the day.
Seanpaul was one of 6 children and, according to his mum Tracy, generally a happy go lucky
young man who enjoyed his job as a Chef.! !
Sadly, 22 year old Seanpaul attempted to take his own life by hanging on 8 March 2013, at his
home in Belfast. Although he survived, he was left with brain damage and unable to swallow.
He required round the clock care.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the tragedy in this story is a young man attempting to end
his life by suicide.
And it is. But, in Seanpaul’s case, Tracy says another (avoidable) tragedy followed over the next 4
months whilst in hospital, when he and his family were systematically subjected to pain, distress
and severe failings in his care on an unimaginable scale until his ‘slow and cruel’ death.
Upon admission, Seanpaul, who stood 6ft 1” tall, weighed 12 stone. At the time of his
death, just over 4 months later, he weighed less than 5 stone.
Tracy says ‘ I’m a hundred percent certain, from the beginning, they neglected to care for my son.
They subjected him to a regime of systematic starvation after placing him on the Liverpool Care
Pathway without my knowledge.
We had hoped the inquest would answer our questions and provide the transparency and
disclosure we needed, but the process was an insult to Seanpaul and the family whereby the
Coroner appears to support Hospitals in their cover ups, by not considering the balance of
ALL evidence and only accepting biased evidence from the Health Trust, even though an expert
claimed malnutrition was a contributory factor in Seanpaul’s death. None of his family were
allowed to speak or ask questions’.
However, 9 recommendations were made and we are seeking to establish the progress of these as
part of the rally and petition.
What we hope to gain from our petition and the rally
*Transparency, Honesty, Accountability, Truth, Justice. Everything that we should NOT have to
fight for, but are forced to do so when full disclosure is not forthcoming.
*That the family’s call for a FRESH INQUEST is granted. That ALL questions, specifically the
RIGHT questions are asked and answered.
*The attendance of those petitioned, to take away copies of the petition and ideally speak with the
family on the day.
*A response from Ms Bernie Owens to the letter from NI Human Rights Commission regarding the
9 recommendations made following Seanpaul’s death. Have any, all or none of these been
implemented and when?
*Stop the use of the Care Pathway and the improper use of joint protocols which seemingly protect
Belfast Health Trust from any open or honest investigation.
*That there should be a mandatory implementation within a specified time frame when
recommendations are made!
*That the use of joint protocols are eliminated immediately.
*That all families have the right to be updated as to the condition of their loved ones, including
being made aware of care plans and future prognosis. To eliminate the wall of silence
*That no patient can ever be subjected to starvation through intermittent sustained nonfeeding,
for any reason whatsoever through ensuring back up plans and alternatives are in place
in unusual or challenging situations.
*All officers and staff, medical or not, are aware of protocols and ensure they are adhered to.
*Where there is a clear failure in duty of care by a trust, legal aid should be automatically available.
If this funding is not in place, there is a danger that many cases of failure will go unchallenged and
could be repeated
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND ATTEND OUR RALLY. FOR SEANPAUL, HIS FAMILY AND
EVERYONE WHO NEEDS TRUTH AND JUSTICE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
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