August 8, 2016

Failure to investigate mental health deaths prevents learning lessons

Inquests for hundreds of patients who died while detained under the Mental Health Act may not have taken place, an investigation has found.

All such deaths are supposed to be reported to a coroner so they can be investigated.

Official figures show that of 1,115 cases recorded by the NHS over three years, just one in three were reported to coroners.

Responding to the figures, charities said failure to investigate these deaths meant lessons could not be learned, increasing the risk of future tragedy.