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Hospital trust in East London charged with corporate manslaughter after death of patient

 (via Metropolitan POlice)
(via Metropolitan POlice)

An NHS trust and hospital ward manager are facing manslaughter charges after the death of a patient at a hospital in Redbridge.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust has been charged with corporate manslaughter and Benjamin Aninakwa charged with gross negligence manslaughter after Alice Figueiredo, aged 22, died at Goodmayes Hospital on July 7 in 2015.

She had been a patient at the hospital before her death, Metropolitan Police said, and an investigation into her death began in April 2016.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command carried out a number of enquiries and a file of evidence was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in March 2021.

On Thursday the Met confirmed that the CPS authorised the force to charge North East London NHS Foundation Trust with corporate manslaughter and an offence under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A ward manager at Goodmayes Hospital at the time, Benjamin Aninakwa, 52, was also charged with gross negligence manslaughter and an offence under section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They are scheduled to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday October 4.

Detectives have met with Alice’s family and informed them of the development.