Still – a poem for Danny

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Danny Tozer’s death. Rosie, Danny’s mum kindly agreed for me to share the poem she has written for Danny with you, and she also wanted to say this: After 5 years of disappointment and distress it has been very harrowing to hear recently of continuing poor practice at the […]

Record of Inquest – Danny Tozer

Danny’s parents have shared the final record of inquest from @TozerInquest with me and requested that I share it. It’s here (or click on the image below, both will open the full record document in a new window), complete with spelling error of where Danny was born. The document records Danny’s cause of death as: 1a) […]

La Danse Macabre #LEDER #TozerInquest

This is a guest blog post written by Rosie Tozer: Why am I experiencing early symptoms of a panic attack as I read the LeDeR report and the commentary? (and many thanks to all the wonderful supportive people who have continued to mention Danny in their comments and their blogs. But for now a week […]

Dying for a wank

This week the inquest into the death of Danny Tozer concluded in York. The coroner found that Danny died as a result of an epileptic seizure that led to a cardiac event, that in turn starved his brain of oxygen. Danny’s death was classified as SUDEP – sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. The coroner found […]

Family statement at the conclusion of the inquest into Danny Tozer

Danny was a much loved son, brother and uncle. He was a fit and healthy young man, diagnosed with autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities. Danny was a people person who enjoyed travel, playing his piano, being active and drinking tea. In 2013 Danny moved to be nearer us and we were hopeful that he could […]

Who was Danny Tozer? @TozerInquest

Who was Danny Tozer? Danny was a much loved son, brother, nephew, family member and friend. He was also a fit and healthy young man, diagnosed with autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities. Danny was a people person who enjoyed travel, playing his piano, and outdoors activities such as running, walking, cycling and horse riding as […]

Bringing Mencap to a standstill #treatmewell

I was in York today for the final pre-inquest review meeting before Danny Tozer’s inquest. Danny was a fit and healthy young man, who liked nature, people and cups of tea. He was just 36 when he died in September 2015. Danny had a severe learning disability, autism and epilepsy. He lived in supported living […]

Whose voice counts? A story of daring to debate, vapourware and #JusticeforLB

Setting the scene Bank Holiday Monday, early afternoon, chilling at home about to start work I got a message from Sara. She had been contacted by a researcher for the Victoria Derbyshire programme asking her to go on the next day. Sara wasn’t available and had been trying to find someone else. I agreed to speak with the […]

Shaking up the system inertia

First blog here in an age, so happy new year everyone! This week has seen the publication of two reports into the appalling standards of care for learning disabled people in the UK. The National Audit Office published their investigation into the utter failure to transform care, as promised following the abuse at Winterbourne View […]