STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned. An investigation of coroners’ reports and NHS trust papers with the journal Community Care found another patient denied a bed later killed his mother. It comes as mental health beds are being cut in England – figures show more than 2100 have gone since 2011. The NHS England said spending on mental health was increasing in real terms. The investigation by BBC News and Community Care has also revealed an email that a chief executive of a mental health trust wrote to NHS England in frustration this summer after one of her senior officials came to tell her that: “Yet again there were no mental health beds in London in either the NHS or private sector.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30236927?

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