A coroner has raised concerns about a mental heath trust where staff falsified records made on the night a man died.
Eliot Harris, 48, died in the Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth, run by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), in April 2020.
Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said that, two years on, staff were still not recording observations properly.
The 48-year-old, who had schizophrenia, had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act after he became agitated at his care home and refused to take medication. He was taken to Northgate Hospital and, after a period in a seclusion room, was transferred to a private room on the ward.
Mr Harris was discovered unresponsive in bed during the early hours of 10 April and pronounced dead half an hour later.
In a Prevention of Future Deaths Report (PFDR), Ms Lake said: "Quality audits undertaken following Eliot Harris's death, show that observations are still not being carried out and recorded in accordance with NSFT's most recent policy - more than two years following Eliot's death."
She said that on the night Mr Harris died there was no nurse in charge and instead of being allocated specific tasks, staff were told to "muck in", causing confusion about job responsibilities.
These issues were not resolved at the time of the inquest, she said, with no evidence provided about whether specific tasks were allocated on the night shift.
Not all staff had been trained in recording observations, there was a lack of evidence about procedures for entering a patient's room over concerns for their welfare, and there was "still some way to go to make sure care plans are completed", Ms Lake said.
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Source: BBC News, 6 October 2022