Only last November we learned that 120,000 people had died in the social care sector, because of Tory austerity cuts.

Now we learn that more people are dying because of failings in mental health care, after hundreds of deaths were revealed due to lapses caused by privatisation.

And Jeremy Hunt has been unable to account – adequately – for an extra 10,000+ deaths in the first seven weeks of the year.

We don’t have a government – we have a cartel of serial killers.

A mental health patient died from a drug overdose after being discharged by NHS staff due to missing one appointment.

David West’s death is one of several “harrowing” cases highlighted in a new report that documents “serious failings” in England’s mental health services.

He was discharged by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s community health team after missing a single appointment. But he was not told of the decision, given a discharge plan, or offered access to a crisis service.

He died shortly after from a drugs overdose.

Campaigners said the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) report showed “the desperate need for reform” of “overstretched services”.

The PHSO, Rob Behrens, said … “These cases are not isolated examples. They are symptomatic of persistent problems we see time and again in our complaints casework and, moreover, they represent failings throughout the care pathway.”

Source: ‘Harrowing’ failings in NHS mental health treatment laid bare by ombudsman report | The Independent


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