The sudden rise in the number of unexpected mental health patient deaths has sparked a wide-ranging investigation of NHS services. It was found that the number of patients committing or attempting suicide has also risen by 26%. These numbers cover both those being treating for serious mental health problems in hospital and those being cared for at home.
Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb obtained the figures that show the number of “serious incidents” which involve unexpected or avoidable death, serious harm or injury, have increased by 34% (reaching a total of 8,139 a year). These serious incidents have become so common that the North East London foundation trust had a total of 633 in 2015 – that is almost two per day.
Lamb compared these findings to the Mid Staffordshire scandal, where over four years, hundreds of patients died due to poor care.
“The numbers of unexpected deaths at the Mid Staffs NHS trust caused an outcry and these figures should cause the same.”