originally by: Slough Observer
published: 27 Jul 2012
A family still searching for answers into how their frail father died while being restrained by police as a hospital patient, have won their battle for an independent investigation. Philmore Mills, a father-of-four from Langley, died within an hour of being handcuffed by police after an incident in ward nine at Wexham Park Hospital on December 27 – six days after he was admitted into intensive care with pneumonia.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation was launched, but is yet to be concluded seven months on. The family, who have become disillusioned by the lack of progress made in the probe, forced a meeting with hospital chiefs last month.
They discussed concerns and demanded the chance to have their own independent investigation – which chiefs granted. A hospital spokeswoman said: “The Trust has agreed to help support and facilitate the establishment of an independent investigation to supplement the Trust’s own internal investigation.”
The solicitor for Mr Mills’ family is now in negotiations with the hospital to set up the investigation.