Death of mentally ill detainees ‘avoidable’ – human rights experts

Blog for Mental Health 2015

UK Human Rights Comm.: UK citizens 5 times more likely to die preventable deaths in mental health wards than prisons

Over 600 deaths in psychiatric wards, prisons and police cells were preventable and were caused by repeated mistakes made by mental health care staff, an inquiry has found.

The probe focused specifically on adults who were detained on psychiatric wards, in prisons and in police cells between 2010 and 2013. It found a series of basic errors were responsible for preventable deaths – including a failure to integrate families.