By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 12 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 13:12
THE DEATH of a man at HMP Hewell was partly caused by a lack of communication between staff, an inquest has ruled.
A jury at Worcestershire Coroners Court returned a verdict on Wednesday (September 11) of suicide in the case of Reggie Johns, who was found hanging at the prison on October 20, 2010 and later died in hospital.
They said one of the contributing factors which provided the 58-year-old the opportunity to commit suicide was the lack of communication between departments when reviewing his assessment, care in custody and teamwork document, which is designed to reduce the risk of suicide and self harm.
The jury also ruled he had been removed from constant watch without the appropriate input from the relevant qualified persons involved.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will look carefully at the jury's verdict to see what lessons can be learned."
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