BBC News reports:
An NHS mental health trust has announced it is commissioning an investigation into the rising number of unexpected deaths of patients.
The Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had 129 such deaths (2014-15) – up from 61 (2012-13) and higher than other mental health trusts in the UK.
Michael Scott, chief executive at the trust, said the independent investigation was about reassuring “those who find the figures alarming”.
Mental health campaigners welcomed it.
What is most alarming is that Michael Scott doesn’t appear to find these figures alarming.
Anne Humphrys, from the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk & Suffolk, said it was “fantastic news”.
“We’ve been calling for this investigation for more than two years when we became concerned about the rise in unexpected deaths,” she said.
“We need an inquiry that is thorough and its recommendations fully implemented to prevent deaths and suffering for bereaved families.”
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