Grieving wife’s tribute to ‘fantastic’ Sheffield dad after fall

Craig Dore
Craig Dore

THE grieving wife of a Sheffield man who leapt from a motorway bridge while on hospital leave said she ‘felt sidelined’ by health staff.

Craig Dore, aged 49, jumped from the M1 viaduct at Tinsley while he was supposed to be on two hours’ leave at his home on Totley Hall Mead, Totley.

At the conclusion of an inquest into his death last week, Sheffield Coroner Chris Dorries said ‘a series of failures’ by health workers contributed to his death.

He was granted home visits by a psychiatrist soon after being sectioned and admitted to Nether Edge Hospital following an earlier suicide attempt, Sheffield Coroner’s Court heard.

Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Dorries said Mr Dore was able to leave on December 29, 2010, despite evidence he had previously tried to hang himself in his room.

Today, speaking for the first time, Mr Dore’s wife Jillian said: “We are glad that the coroner took our concerns about the care Craig received at Nether Edge Hospital seriously.

“We often felt sidelined by staff at the hospital who didn’t fully understand Craig’s condition.

“Although he continued to tell them he was feeling well we told them otherwise and felt we weren’t being taken seriously. Although it is too late for Craig, we feel re-assured the trust has investigated Craig’s death thoroughly and we just hope they have improved things at the hospital to help other vulnerable patients in future.

“Craig was a fantastic dad and devoted husband, father, brother and son who we miss desperately.”

Mr Dore, a butcher, leaves behind children Javvina, Jamaine and Jason, and four grandchildren.

The family’s lawyer Ian Murray, of Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “It is clear Mr Dore was vulnerable and, following previous attempts to harm himself, it should have been apparent his leave should not have gone ahead.”