A Death by Indifference

Ryan_Justice-for-Lau_978-1-78592-348-7_colourjpg-printA personal account from the mother of Connor Sparrowhawk, a teenager with autism and epilepsy, who died due to neglect while in a specialist Southern Health  unit. After his death, Dr Sara Ryan started the #JusticeforLB campaign, which uncovered a wider failure at Southern Health and the wider NHS to appropriately care for people with learning and mental health difficulties.

Foreword by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

© Dr Sara Ryan


Amazon was ‘temporarily out of stock’ already this morning but the book is available also direct from the publisher, Jessica Kingsley Publishers: price £12.99, shipping. handling & tax £2.75¹.  

We cannot find words to describe the book that are more effective than existing reviews:

“A searingly powerful book.” – Sarah Holmes MBE, Patient Advocate

“A salutary lesson on what happens when public services lose their heart and forget that they exist to serve the public and, in particular, be part of addressing the prejudices and disadvantage that are inherent in our society.”
Rob Greig CBE, Chief Executive, National Development Team for Inclusion

“The heart of this story rises above a narrative of private grief and public failure by offering a powerful eulogy to the sheer force of love, especially the personality and character of Connor Sparrowhawk that helped inspire a social movement for truth, justice and accountability. Everyone committed to accountable public services should read this book and learn from it.”
Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

“The echoes of those who no longer speak… no candy coating, it is what it is; a tragedy born from negligence. To quote: ‘At the heart of this story is love’. Love ‘mobilised a social movement’ and love keeps hope alive. Not a good read, a must read.” – Dr Wenn B. Lawson, lecturer and author

And read many more reviews here→.

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However, from the darkness, comes a ray of hope at Southern Health.

There have been so many developments – relating to Connor and Southern Health as a whole – it was quicker to add comments on Sara’s blog. Read CRASH’s comments here→ and elsewhere at https://mydaftlife.com/.



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