Commission comments on rise in number of deaths of mental health patients

Published: 26 Jan 2016

Commenting in response to new NHS figures that show a rise in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly in NHS care, a Commission spokesperson, said:

'These figures reveal serious cracks in our systems of care for those with mental health conditions and we support this call for a full Government investigation. It is nearly one year since we published our inquiry into the non-natural deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions detained in psychiatric hospitals, prisons and police cells. In particular, it called for a new system of independent investigations into unexpected deaths of people detained in hospitals to match what exists in other settings. It is vital that this is now implemented and lessons are learned to prevent further avoidable harm and heartbreak.'

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