Family Press Release

Immediate release Tuesday 5th February 2002

Belinda Reynolds' parents released the following statement at 12.15 today:

Chris and Helen Reynolds are relieved that the inquest has now taken place.
They affirm their belief in a National Health Service that caters for all.

Belinda was a useful working member of society. When her health first broke down she worked voluntarily for the community and charities until she was well enough to return to work again, then continued this work in her free time.

She, and others like her, deserve a caring and supportive service which can deal with their individual situation in the best possible way when they become ill. Government, professionals, the voluntary sector and the public should work to achieve this aim in mental health as well as in surgical and medical services.

Belinda was let down when she most needed help. It is important that this should now be an opportunity to improve services for the benefit of future patients.