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 […]
Another astonishingly powerful front page from Nicholas Carding, Health Correspondent of the Eastern Daily Press, as part of its Mental Health Watch campaign. Buy a copy of the EDP and support the high quality local investigative journalism which is so important to our campaign. The article isn’t available online but you can buy an E-edition
EDP: Norfolk & Suffolk mental health trust launches ‘desperately needed’ probe into number of patient deaths
Tom Bristow of the EDP reports: An independent inquiry into the rise of unexpected deaths at the region’s mental health trust will be carried out after it emerged figures for Norfolk and Suffolk were the highest in the country. The announcement came on the same day as we revealed there were a total of 35
Audio: BBC Radio Norfolk: Matthew Gudgin interviews campaigner, Norman Lamb and Michael Scott about the shocking increase in unexpected deaths at NSFT
Matthew Gudgin of the BBC interviews a spokesperson for our campaign, former mental health minister Norman Lamb and the Chief Executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Michael Scott. It is brilliant that both the BBC and the EDP are giving mental health the attention it deserves. Now NHS England, local health commissioners
EDP: “We are not surprised” – campaigners say as data shows highest number of unexpected deaths in Norfolk and Suffolk trust
The Eastern Daily Press reports: The boss of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust has insisted the service is safe after “deeply distressing” data showing the highest number of “unexpected deaths” in the country, Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, said it would be a tragedy if people were being scared
Denis Campbell of The Guardian reports: The number of specialist mental health nurses has fallen more than 10% over the past five years, the Guardian has learned, putting the care of rising numbers of patients at risk. The loss of one in 10 of the entire mental health nursing workforce in England has occurred mainly
More excellent investigative reporting from Nicholas Carding of the EDP, showing how people in crisis from Norfolk and Suffolk are being transported across the country due to a chronic lack of beds. We’re deeply concerned that some people in crisis are not getting a hospital bed at all. Let’s not forget that NSFT and North
Emma Corlett from Andrew Day on Vimeo.
Andrew Hirst of the East Anglian Daily Times reports: More than a year after Steve Martin learned his mentally ill brother had died alone and amid filth and squalor, his quest for answers goes on. “A really good bloke, who’d do anything for a mate.” That’s how Steve Martin would like to remember his older
Ian Gibson from Andrew Day on Vimeo.
Victoria Leggett of itv News Anglia reports: Hundreds of people took to the streets of Norwich today to protest against cuts to mental health services. The march was organised by Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Crisis, a campaign group set up by front-line health staff and people who rely on the support of the NHS.
Click on the image below to watch Mark Summer’s excellent report for Mustard TV, Norfolk’s local television channel:
The government is making much of David Cameron’s mental health announcement today and any new money for mental health is welcome. Yet all of the figures are promises for total funding over the next five years. Mental health funding fell by at least £600 million per year during the last Parliament, when local MP Norman
Private Eye: Mental Health: Fatal Admission… and how the unexpected deaths at NSFT keep on increasing
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) plumbs the depths of infamy as the tragic and avoidable death of Christopher Higgins features in the current issue of Private Eye. The magazine cannot be read for free on the Internet but you can support investigative journalism by spending £1.80 on Issue 1409 at your local newsagent.
George Ryan of the EDP reports: A woman who may have died from a morphine overdose had to wait 12 days for a mental health assessment after concerns were raised, an inquest heard. Sister Caroline Butler, who works on the ward, contacted the mental health referral team on December 18, 2014, as she was concerned
David Powles of the EDP reports: A campaign group is calling on the public to show their concerns about mental health services in the county by taking part in a protest march. The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk has organised the protest on Saturday, January 16 from the steps of
Click on the poster you prefer to download the pdf to print, distribute, display or make into placards for the March for Mental Health. Poster A: Poster B (for those who don’t want to run out of yellow ink): Poster C (for those who love yellow): Poster D (ultimate ink saving version):