A man who set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace has been named as award-winning nurse Amin Abdullah.
Amin, 41, doused himself in petrol and set himself alight outside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's London home after being sacked from the hospital job “he lived for”, his partner said.
The Notting Hill nurse, who grew up in a Malaysian orphanage, was fired from his nursing job at Charing Cross Hospital for signing a petition in support of a colleague.
He died after turning himself into a 'human fireball' just after 3am on Tuesday (February 9).
Amin, who went into a spiral of depression after losing his dream job, was allowed to leave his mental health hospital alone just hours earlier - despite suffering suicidal thoughts.
His partner of 12 years, Terry Skitmore, 62, blasted the NHS trust for sacking him for what it admitted was a "foolish mistake" days before Christmas.
He told The Mirror : "The way they treated him was disgraceful."
A patient complained about a colleague in September and Amin was one of 17 people to sign a petition in her support.
He also penned a letter, shared among staff, denying his nursing colleague was "lazy and unfriendly".
After a three-month wait, he faced disciplinary action and was dismissed for gross misconduct on December 21.
He was treated for depression and suicidal thoughts at St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove, while awaiting his appeal.
But two days before the hearing at around 8.30pm he was allowed to leave alone, despite being under close observation, so he could get new clothes to meet his Royal College of Nursing union rep the next day.
Less than four hours later his charred body was found by police outside the palace at around 3am on Tuesday February 9.
Grandfather-of-two Mr Skitmore, a retired postal worker, said: "They let him out alone and he never came back. The next thing I know, he is dead.
"One minute he's under close observation, the next minute they let him out. I thought he was in safe hands.
"At 1.30am in the morning the police broke the chain lock on the front door and said, 'Are you Amin?'
"I said,' He's in the hospital' but they said, 'That's the problem, they let him out to get clean clothes, but he never went back to the hospital.'
"They came back at 5am and said, 'You better sit down' and I knew what was coming. They said he was dead."
Mr Skitmore said: "He poured petrol over himself and burned himself. Something triggered him and he didn't want to go any further.
"We have been together for 12 years. We had a great relationship. What pushes you to cover yourself in petrol and set fire to yourself?
"He was very shy and kind. He was just a nice human being - that's why he was into that profession. He lived for that job."
In the letter sent to him less than a month before he died, his superior admitted Amin's actions were merely a "foolish mistake" but upheld his decision.
Mr Skitmore claims staff are hounded by the NHS in its disciplinary procedures.
He said: "There needs to be a campaign for nurses who are treated like this.
"It's a travesty. They are doing this to people all the time. It's not just nurses but doctors and especially whistle-blowers.
"I don't want this brushed under the carpet."
He added: "Amin was sacked because he tried to stick up for a colleague.
"Had he just signed the petition, he wouldn't have been sacked and he'd still be alive today.
"Bosses checked the system and as there were no logged complaints from the patient, they said his letter was 'untrue' and he was branded a liar.
"They also said he didn't follow 'correct procedure' and said he should have followed protocol and never written a letter about the patient.
"Amin admitted he had made a 'foolish mistake' in writing the letter but stressed he didn't mean she officially complained all the time, just that she was known for being a bit of a moaner to staff on the frontline."
Achievement: From Malaysian orphanage award win
Amin was raised in an orphanage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved to the UK in 2003 before becoming a British citizen.
He won The Hannah Evans Award for Excellence when he graduated with a nursing degree from Buckinghamshire New University.
In September 2014, he spoke to getwestlondon about his proud achievement.
He said: “I just do my best at all times but I was not aware I was being judged and that my performance was being monitored. Now that the news has sunk in I am delighted and proud.
“I take my job very seriously as we have people to care for and feel that every individual patient is special.
IPCC and NHS investigation
A spokesperson for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, which runs St Charles Hospital, said: "We are appalled at this awful incident and our hearts go out to this poor man and his family.
"We will work with them and other agencies to get to the bottom of what happened and you can be sure we will take any action any learning identified as necessary."
Imperial College Healthcare, the Trust that runs Charing Cross Hospital, said: "We are saddened to hear of Mr Abdullah's death and would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
"The trust will engage fully with any investigations into Mr Abdullah's death."
The Metropolitan Police may be investigated over the way it dealt with Amin's death, after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had received a formal referral from the Metropolitan Police
A spokesperson for the IPCC , which acts as a police watchdog, said it was now considering whether to look into the force’s handling of the incident.