Prison’s Minister Andrew Selous has promised to look into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Alan Johnson’s constituent Vince Morgan. Vince, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found hanged in his cell at HMP Northallerton.
Alan has been supporting the Morgan family in their quest to find answers to questions regarding the care Vince received prior to his death. Mr Morgan’s parents believe their son would still be alive if he had been sent to a secure hospital rather than a prison.
Alan secured a House of Commons debate with the Prison Minister, in which he told the House, “The case of Vince Morgan is a tragic example of the appalling way mental health is treated as a poor relation not just of the NHS, as many say, but of every other public agency”
“The mental health professionals sit round a table with the Probation Service and their views are discarded – they are overruled.”
The Morgan family have welcomed the news that the Prison Minister is going to review the case and meet with Alan at the earliest opportunity after the summer recess.
For full details of the House of Commons debate please see the below link to the Hansard