The #Conservatives breaking the back of our #NHS: The Independent: Mental health deaths in #NHS up by more than a fifth over three years, new figures show

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Mental health deaths in NHS up by more than a fifth over three years, new figures show


Mental health care in the NHS has been labelled “threadbare” after the number of patients dying unexpectedly rose by more than a fifth over the last three years, according to new figures.

The data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Liberal Democrats also showed a 26 per cent spike in mental health patients attempting to and taking their own lives since 2012-2013 – hitting 751 last year.

Among in-patients and those cared for at home, 1,713 died unexpectedly during 2014-2015 – up by a fifth from 2012-2013.

Such incidents have become so common at the North East London foundation trust that almost two people died each day last year.