STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

How can this be happening?

A young lady 37 years old who for 15 years ago has had mental health issues which leads her to drink. When under the influence of alcohol she is aggressive and verbally and physically abusive which has led to her being taken away by the police from her family home where she lives with her mother and father in their early 70’s and put in a cell to dry out.

When she dries out she is remorseful and cannot remember what has happened. She has been taken to hospital on many occasions only to be told that after the psychiatric team have assessed her she is fit to return home.

The last episode was a few nights ago when the hospital phoned her parents and said they are sending her home at 2.30 in the morning as nothing is wrong.

She is slowly killing herself but no one will help. A once a week counseling session is not enough. She needs 24-hour care 7 days a week to get to the very heart of her troubled mind which she only finds comfort in alcohol.

What will it take for someone to help? Will she just become another statistic when she dies?

How do her parents get the health professionals to listen and believe that she is ill.

Please give me your thoughts and how can they get help.

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Mother claims she has to restrain mentally-ill son, 24, with handcuffs due to ‘lack of support from NHS

A mother claims she has to put her mentally-ill son in handcuffs at home because of a lack of support from mental health services.

Joely Hignett alleges she has to physically restrain 24-year-old son Kyle Hignett – who has a borderline personality disorder and suffers from psychosis – to stop him from harming himself or others. The 44-year-old mother of two, from Warrington, Cheshire has released “distressing” footage of Kyle sobbing and screaming to raise awareness of his condition and said she feels “let down” by the mental health system.

She claims her son’s breakdown in the video, which has racked up more than 950,000 views and nearly 5,000 shares on Facebook, was caused by him being told by doctors he was soon to be discharged.

Ms Hignett, who is full-time carer to Kyle and 22-year-old daughter Tyler Hignett, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said: “I know my son is the most beautiful, kindest person in the world. “He is so respectful, he would never want to hurt anyone in the street. But when this thing takes over we have to put him in handcuffs to prevent him from killing himself or harming someone else. He gets in rages and feels extremely dangerous. “Luckily, thank God, he works with me. We just feel totally overwhelmed and scared, but no one seems to care.

“We feel the mental health system is letting my son down, his family down and everybody else down who suffers every day with mental health.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/25/mother-claims-she-has-to-restrain-mentally-ill-son-24-with-handc/

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Joely Hignett claims she has to physically restrain her 24-year-old son Kyle to stop him from harming himself or others

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5 News investigation: Failures in mental health trusts exposed

Channel 5 reports on our failing mental health trusts.
Three in the country rated ‘inadequate for safety’. 

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Pregnant mental health patient ‘pinned to floor’

A mental health trust has launched an investigation after a heavily pregnant patient was allegedly dragged from a seat and pinned to the floor by staff.

The woman was knocked face down to the floor by a male nurse in a psychiatric hospital, according to a witness. Three members of staff are said to have then held her down. The Central and North West London NHS trust said a member of staff had been removed from clinical duties while the incident was investigated.

The alleged incident occurred on the night of 10 July while a former adviser to the health secretary on patient safety was an inpatient at the unit. The former adviser, Alison Cameron, said that while the woman, who was eight and a half months pregnant, was being verbally aggressive she hadn’t made any physical threats.

“A male nurse came marching over from the treatment room to the dayroom,” said Ms Cameron.  “He was threatening the woman saying ‘If I hear your voice again, I will, I will…’ and without finishing his sentence, he physically manhandled the woman from her seat to the floor. Three other members of staff then pinned her down.” Ms Cameron, who has been a patient advocate for years, said the use of force was wholly unnecessary. “I know safe restraint, and this wasn’t it.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36806300

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Southern Health Trust made a statement to Sara Ryan and her family saying they were very sorry for Connor’s death.

They said it was their fault because they neglected him. We were relieved to read this but wonder why they took so long to say sorry properly. Connor’s family have had to wait 3 years for this and have had to go through hell.

We wonder why they did not talk about how badly the family have been treated by the Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, some of their staff and some of their board. We wonder how so many people who do their jobs badly still have them and get paid so much money.

Click on the link from People First England to read more

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Connor Sparrowhawk

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‘This isn’t acceptable’: outcry at state of NHS mental health care funding

Ministers given wake-up call after YouGov poll shows huge support for greater spending on mental health care

A cross-party inquiry by MPs into the funding of mental health services has received more than 95,000 personal submissions in an unprecedented display of anger over the state of the NHS.  One woman who submitted testimony linking the lack of support to suicide rates said the failure of the system to respond to people in trouble was often “what pushes you over the edge”. She wrote: “I’m scared my husband could become one of these statistics.”

A separate YouGov poll commissioned and crowdfunded by the campaigning organisation38 Degrees found that 74% of voters believe that funding for mental health should be greater or equal to funding for physical health. The amount actually spent on mental health by the NHS last year, despite government pledges to establish parity, was just 11.9% of overall NHS spending.

Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the public accounts committee holding the inquiry, said the scale of the response underlined the strength of feeling that mental health was being underfunded. “We shall question NHS England and the Department of Health on how they can meet the government’s pledges,” she said.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/11/public-anger-soaring-mental-health-care-nhs?CMP=twt_gu

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Priory Hospital in Ticehurst ‘neglected’ girl, 14, found hanged

The death of a 14-year-old girl may have been prevented if she had received proper care at a Sussex mental health hospital, according to an inquest jury.

Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room at the Priory Hospital, Ticehurst, after tying a scarf around her neck. The inquest in Horsham heard staff were not trained in resuscitation and did not call 999 quickly enough.

The jury said Amy died of unintended consequences of a deliberate act, contributed to by neglect.  It said staffing levels were inadequate, and a lack of one-to-one time caused or contributed to the teenager’s death in November 2012 in a “significant” way.

Amy had a complex range of problems and mental health diagnoses, and died within three months of being moved to the Priory after being asked to leave her specialist boarding school in Berkshire.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-36435330

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Mother whose son killed himself ‘let down’ by mental heath services

A mother whose son plunged to his death from a bridge hours after threatening to do so says he was let down by mental health services.

Tyler Smith died after suffering horrendous injuries following the 100ft fall from Stockport Viaduct. Deborah Cooper, 47, said her son had made multiple threats to jump from the viaduct to police and mental health staff hours earlier – and had tried to kill himself four times in 48 hours.

Tyler, 19, was discharged from Stepping Hill hospital by Pennine Care staff six hours before the fall after being admitted following a prescription drug overdose. He had earlier tried to strangle himself in a police cell when he was detained for stealing paracetamol after escaping from hospital. After returning to Stepping Hill, medics discharged Tyler with a prescription for three-days worth of medication. This was despite numerous suicide attempts in the previous two days and threats he would jump from the viaduct.

He downed the pills and fell from the viaduct hours later on October 9, 2014. Tyler died of his injuries a week later at Wythenshawe hospital.  His death was ruled accidental after a coroner was told by a police officer he slipped from the bridge.

Mrs Cooper accused police of failing to tell mental health staff Tyler had tried to kill himself when he was detained – and slammed officers for arresting him in the first place. She said he should have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as he was considered ‘high risk’.

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http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-03-28/mother-whose-son-killed-himself-let-down-by-mental-heath-services/

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Stevenage mum speaks out about lack of NHS support and importance of helping others after death of her transgender daughter

The Stevenage mother of a transgender woman whose daughter tragically died days before she was due to receive confirmation of the hormone treatment she needed has bravely spoken out about the lack of support her child was given from the NHS.

A coroner at Poplar Coroners’ Court on Thursday found Synestra De Courcy, 23, died from cocaine and mephedrone toxicity on July 26 this year. Synestra, was born a boy but at the time of her death was hoping to undergo full gender reassignment through hormone therapy treatment. She attended St Christopher school in Letchworth, where she was a high achiever known as Alex, rising to become head boy, going on to study cosmetic science at the University of the Arts in London.

Her mother, Amanda De Courcy from Woodfield Road in Stevenage, spoke to the Comet following last week’s inquest. Courageous Amanda said: “The issue wasn’t so much her death by what the coroner said was recreational drugs – the issue for me, as her mum, was how does a person get into a position where they feel so helpless? “She was terribly depressed. She needed the hormone therapy. It was tragic she didn’t receive the help she needed from the NHS and her GP. “If she’d got the referral letter telling her she could have the hormone treatment a few days before, then things may have been different.

“The point is you have to have the referral letter to get the hormones. Why did she get so depressed? It was because she felt there was no way out and no help from the relevant authorities – and that needs changing.

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http://www.thecomet.net/news/stevenage_mum_speaks_out_about_lack_of_nhs_support_and_importance_of_helping_others_after_death_of_her_transgender_daughter_1_4351828

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2,300 assaults on West Midlands NHS staff in a year

There have been more than 2,300 physical assaults on NHS staff in the West Midlands in the last year.

Nationally, there were 67,864 attacks throughout in 2014/15. The figures have been released by NHS Protect and show that many of the attacks were the result of ‘medical factors’ – by people who did not know what they were doing due to illness, treatment or severe learning disability. The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs New Cross, reported a total of 102 violent incidents.

Of those assaults, 77 were the result of medical factors and 25 were without. There were 340 assaults at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, 306 with medical factors and 34 without.

Toby Lewis, chief executive said: “We actively encourage staff to report all incidents of physical assault so that we can put measures in place to address safety and security.”

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/11/23/2300-assaults-on-west-midlands-nhs-staff-in-a-year/

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Mental health time bomb warning as NHS ‘turns children away’

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them for treatment, including youngsters who have been abused and neglected, a charity has found.

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them for treatment, including youngsters who have been abused and neglected, a charity has found. The NSPCC warned of a “time bomb” of serious mental health conditions after it emerged that more than a fifth of children referred to NHS services for treatment for mental health issues were rejected.

Figures from 35 mental health trusts in England revealed that of 186,453 cases referred to them by family doctors and other professionals, 39,652 did not receive help. In six trusts where children who had problems associated with abuse or neglect were referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), 305 of the 1,843 cases were rejected – one in six.

The NSPCC said the lack of support for such children could lead to serious long-term mental health problems as young people are not getting the help they need early on.

Peter Wanless, the charity’s chief executive, said: “If children don’t receive the right kind of help and support following a disclosure, the damage can last a lifetime and include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or suicidal thoughts in adulthood.” Abused and neglected children were often denied treatment because their cases did not meet the “high clinical threshold” required at a CAMHS, the NSPCC said.

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http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/mental-health-time-bomb-warning-as-nhs-turns-children-away-11364010192309#.VhtpU5MxLqI.facebook

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Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive

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‘My son shouldn’t have died!’ Mother hits out at mental health trust over suicide risks

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A mental health trust where two men were found hanged this year had failed to act adequately on recommendations going back a decade on how to minimise suicide risks to patients.

Seven in-patients have now died by hanging at the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust since 2004, including the two in the first half of this year. The Bureau, which is investigating quality of provision in the care sector, has discovered that internal recommendations made after the first of these deaths were not adopted.

In the years since then, six more people have died and at least three other separate warnings and recommendations were issued, both from the healthcare regulator and internally. But when the Care Quality Commission regulator, carried out an unannounced inspection following a death in February this year, it found the risks had still not been fully addressed.

The recommendations focused on the issue of ligature points, such as on doors, windows and wardrobes. Most in-patient suicides on psychiatric wards occur as a result of hanging from these points.

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https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/09/25/my-son-shouldnt-have-died-mother-hits-out-at-mental-health-trust-over-suicide-risks/?

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Melanie Leahy and son Matthew in 2010, two years before his death

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Hospital suicide man’s dad hits out over trust ‘failures’

The father of a man who took his own life after he absconded from a psychiatric hospital ward has claimed that a health trust failed “to provide a safe and secure place” to treat his son.

Maurice Campbell was speaking after the inquest into the death of 26-year-old Patrick, who died at the Ulster Hospital after he fell from its multi-storey car park shortly after scaling an outside fence nearly two years ago.  Coroner Suzanne Anderson said in her findings that the Queen’s University student from Donaghadee, Co Down, had died on September 16, 2013 “by his own act when the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

She accepted a consultant psychiatrist’s evidence that open wards, where Mr Campbell was being assessed, had to “strike a balance to provide an environment that is safe but not necessarily restrictive”. She agreed with his view that a single-purpose psychiatric care unit should be provided by the South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust to replace the current three units, none of which were purpose-built, and will send her findings to Health Minister Simon Hamilton.

A spokeswoman for the trust said the lessons had been learnt and recommendations implemented from the serious adverse incident review conducted after Patrick’s death. “The trust concurs with the views of the coroner that a purpose-built inpatient mental health unit would benefit the treatment of our patients in an open ward environment,” she said. “The death of a patient by suicide is a tragedy, and one that our mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and social workers continually strive to prevent.”

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/hospital-suicide-mans-dad-hits-out-over-trust-failures-31483740.html

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Detainee’s mental health in Yarl’s Wood was not treated seriously: The whistleblower’s story by Noel Finn

‘I compiled a report detailing the poor clinical practices but after I handed this in, my working relationship with the management at Yarl’s Wood deteriorated massively. I felt I was being marginalised and bullied by senior staff. It would have been easier to keep quiet about what I was experiencing but I knew I couldn’t do that and so I also raised a grievance about the bullying’ Noel Finn

This week’s report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) into Yarl’s Wood detention centre raised many issues about healthcare, systems failures, and a disbelief of detainees’ stories which are only too familiar to me.

I worked at Yarl’s Wood between 2012 to 2013 as a mental health nurse. Almost immediately after arriving I had concerns about the mental health of the residents and when I first raised these with management they appeared to acknowledge my worries. But things didn’t improve. I was the only dedicated mental health professional for over 400 potential patients. The other nurses (including other mental health nurses) were focused on physical care and had more of an administration role – checking residents were fit for deportation.

Many of the issues I noticed at Yarl’s Wood were similar to those I had seen at other locked institutions, however I had never seen the same level of sexual undercurrent in the way officers interacted with residents as I did there.

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http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2015/08/13/yarls-wood-the-whistleblowers-story

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Please show me that you really care

Do you want to make people’s lives better?

Do you want to make your children’s and your parents lives better?

Are you concerned with the amount of medical mistakes in the news?

Are you a thinker or a doer?

Do you really care? 

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How Will MyNotes Medical work for you? Watch our walk-through slides

We have had a fantastic response regarding MyNotes Medical, but people are still unsure how MyNotes Medical works.

Here is a short slide presentation walkthrough how the programme will work. We NEED your support to help us to help you. Please pledge your support on our link http://goo.gl/3rf9c7  Thank you, Together We Can Make A Difference Joanna 

 

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Shock figures reveal ‘unacceptable’ number of children being treated on adult mental health wards

Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011.

Dozens of vulnerable children are being placed on adult mental health wards in Greater Manchester due to a shortage of beds. Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show that at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011. The figures, obtained under freedom of information laws, show the number of cases are increasing. Britain’s leading children’s mental health charity has called for urgent action to end the practice.

National guidelines say it is not appropriate to place vulnerable children on adult wards. The news comes after the M.E.N. revealed how hundreds of acutely-ill adult patients are being sent to private clinics up to 260 miles from Manchester due to a bed shortage. Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and media at children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “It’s totally unacceptable that the numbers of children being treated on adult wards is on the increase.

“The legislation clearly states that an adult mental health ward is not an appropriate setting for vulnerable children with mental health problems. “Urgent action must be taken to ensure that the worrying increase in children on adult wards is halted and that both early intervention and crisis services improve.”

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/dozens-vulnerable-children-greater-manchester-9011894

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It will take more than scientific brilliance to win the battle against dementia

The ageing of societies across the world is a testament to progress. But as we grow older, the risk of mental as well as physical decline increases.Dementia affects one in five people over 80 and its global prevalence is doubling every 20 years. To confront this challenge we need more than scientific brilliance. We need a new approach to the funding and regulation of research. Next month (3-4 March) the World Health Organisation will set out its priorities for research into the degenerative brain disease at the first ministerial conference on global action against dementia in Geneva.

It follows David Cameron’s announcement in the Autumn Statement last December of a £15m down-payment by the UK government to help fund the battle against what the prime minister described as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/25/scientific-brilliance-battle-dementia-ara-darzi?

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Filed under: Care Homes, Dementia, Elderly, Mental Health, NHS,

Patient found hanging came after four similar deaths at Sunderland hospital

Paige Bell’s death at Cherry Knowle psychiatric unit in Sunderland comes after four previous deaths in similar circumstances in the same NHS trust. Paige, 20, died from oxygen starvation to the brain eight days after she was found hanging in her room on August 6, the inquest heard. She had been taken to the hospital by police after she was pulled from the wrong side of the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge in the early hours that day. Concerns had been raised over observations levels at Cherry Knowle as Paige had self-harmed twice the day she died, coinciding with check-ups from staff

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http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/health/patient-found-hanging-came-after-four-similar-deaths-at-sunderland-hospital-1-7118458

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Press release: PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia

David Cameron sets out a new, long-term strategy focused on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about dementia.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-next-phase-of-britains-fight-against-dementia

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Health trust shamed for dangerously restraining its patients: Body faces being put in special measures after using technique that can be fatal

A mental health trust where patients have been punished with a dangerous form of restraint faces being put into special measures. Inspectors found serious problems at the body that oversees mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. These included patients being held in the face-down prone position and being put in seclusion as a punishment. The prone position involves two or more staff holding a patient face-down on the floor and pinning down their arms, legs and torso. It can result in compression of the chest and airways and can be fatal.

Last April, Lib Dem care minister Norman Lamb announced controls banning its deliberate use on patients. The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit had been told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998. A 2003 inquiry into the incident led by Sir John Blofeld found prone position restraints were ‘always dangerous’ and should never be used for more than three minutes.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2938904/Health-trust-shamed-dangerously-restraining-patients-Body-faces-special-measures-using-technique-fatal.html

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The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit was told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998

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Self-harm by mental health patients in NHS has risen by 56%, figures show

Growing numbers of people being treated in mental health units are harming themselves and trying to take their own lives, new NHS figures suggest.
The number of such incidents at 29 of England’s 52 NHS mental health trusts rose from 14,815 in 2010 to 23,053 last year, an increase of 56% over four years.
The average number per trust rose from 511 to 795 last year over the same period.
Labour, which obtained the figures under freedom of information laws, linked the increase to cuts in the number of doctors and nurses working in mental health units and their budgets.
“Mental health services have been squeezed year on year, the number of specialist doctors and nurses has dropped and there aren’t enough beds to meet demand. The pressure this is putting on mental health wards is intolerable”, said Luciana Berger, the shadow public health minister, who obtained the figures.
“It is unacceptable that people in touch with mental health services may not be getting the support they need. They are some of the most vulnerable patients in our NHS”, she added. That some mental health wards were running way above their recommended maximum capacity of 85%, sometimes reaching as much as 138%, was also a factor explaining the rise, Berger added.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent

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Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

More than 3,600 nursing jobs have gone in the past two years, with trusts suffering a 2.3 real terms funding cut, a major investigation into the state of the NHS mental health sector has revealed.
The analysis, based on freedom of information requests to the 57 mental health trust in England, found many had slashed beds and staffing levels – despite record demand for services and government pledges to ensure mental health was given the same priority as other sectors.
Data supplied by 52 trusts revealed an average reduction in nursing staff of 6% from 2011-12 to 2013-14, with six trusts reporting reductions of more than 10% (see table below). This represents and overall drop of about 3,642 whole-time equivalent nursing posts.
The findings have fuelled concern mental health services have been seen as an “easy target” by managers struggling to cut costs and implement new rules on safe staffing in the acute sector.
However, mental health trusts said the drop was also down to efforts to move more care into the community and the creation of new types of services employing a wider range of professionals.

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Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

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