§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will order a public inquiry into the circumstances which led to the discharge of Mrs. Tracey Evans from Brighton general hospital; what social services involvement occurred in this case; and what assessment has been made of the implications for the treatment of schizophrenics arising out of the case of Tracey Evans.
§ Mr. Yeo
[holding answer 22 January 1993]: No. The reports I have received from the local agencies involved indicated that there was nothing untoward which suggested that Mrs. Evans would harm her children.
This is a tragic case and is one that will fall within the remit of the inquiry which the Government have asked the Royal College of Psyschiatrists to establish in consultation with the other relevant professional groups toInquire into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding homicides and suicides committed by people under the care of or recently discharged by the specialist psychiatric services, to identify factors in the patients' management which may be related to the deaths, and to recommend measures designed to reduce the number of such incidents".