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Casualty chief struggling with stress of job hanged himself

At his inquest A&E colleagues told of work pressures and the strain he was under

The boss of a troubled NHS A&E department died due to self harm after being found hanged 200 yards from where he worked. Mark Channell was joint head of the casualty unit at North Middlesex Hospital which was found wanting in a Care Quality Commission report just days after his death in August last year. A couple of months earlier, in June, the local MP, David Burrowes, spent 13 hours on an A&E trolley at the hospital waiting for treatment for appendicitis, the day before a CQC inspection. At his inquest A&E colleagues told of work pressures and the strain of the CQC inspection at the North London hospital.

Mr Channell, a highly regarded nurse manager, was put in charge of the hospital’s A&E department to manage the flow of patients following the controversial closure of neighbouring Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E department. A huge row broke out among senior managers when it was discovered MP Burrowes had been abandoned in a corridor. It happened on a day that saw 600 patients pass through A&E – 200 more than planned for.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11416862/Casualty-chief-struggling-with-stress-of-job-hanged-himself.html

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