Decrepit NHS mental health wards put lives at risk – The Guardian

So much for Tory claims that they are looking after the National Health Service.

They are running it into the ground – and making fatalities likely. Why are they never prosecuted for causing these dangers?

Mental health patients are at risk of suicide because so many of the units they are treated in are dangerously decrepit, say NHS chiefs.

Crumbling old buildings are unsafe as they offer opportunities for mentally vulnerable people with conditions such as depression and schizophrenia to try to hang themselves or fall from a height, according to mental health trusts in England.

New figures show that patient safety incidents in mental health units caused by problems with staffing, facilities or the enviroment in which people are treated have risen by 8%. In all, 19,088 such incidents occurred in 2018-19 compared with 17,693 the year before.

Seven “never events” – incidents which are supposed to never happen – occurred in mental health trusts in 2018 involving a shower or curtain rail that failed to collapse. In another, someone fell from a window.

Source: Decrepit NHS mental health wards put lives at risk | Society | The Guardian

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  1. Jeffrey Davies October 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - Reply

    hmmm listen to the old women explain how they took her mother away history repeating itself aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado jeff3

  2. Mathilde October 7, 2019 at 9:53 am - Reply

    A clear argument against privatised care available only to the wealthy. When those who can pay for better for themselves and their families, they will have no interest in what dangers and horrors the rest of us are left to bear. The entitled give things to the entitled by taking from the rest. It’s a free system for them, with benefits multiplying constantly due to their ability to siphon what is meant for all and meant to be paid for by all. We pay taxes for public care while they deprive us of it and get tax breaks and business perks, enabling them to have better care.

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