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The NHS should strive for "zero suicides" throughout its mental health services in England, the Health Secretary has said, as he described the suicide rate as a "litmus test" for healthcare quality. The Government will require every mental health facility in England to draw up detailed plans for preventing suicide,…
Medical chiefs from three hospital trusts criticised in Sir John O'Hara's damning report have made an unreserved apology. Speaking on behalf of the Belfast, Western and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts, Dr Cathy Jack acknowledged there had been "many failings". In a statement Dr Jack (pictured), a medical director…
Medics in Northern Ireland should be legally forced to come clean about errors in their care, a public inquiry said. The mother of one girl who died from avoidable negligence by doctors said any new duty of candour should be called Raychel's Law in memory of her daughter. Inquiry chairman…
Jurors have criticised "appalling systematic failures" at a prison as they cleared an officer over the death of a suicidal inmate. Joseph Travers, 55, was accused of breaching his duty of care by failing to remove a noose from Ryan Harvey's cell and to prevent his death. He was the…
A consultant jailed over the death of a patient failed to provide good clinical care to him as he allowed vital time "to slip by" between diagnosis and surgery, a tribunal heard. David Sellu, 70, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter of father-of-six James Hughes and handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence…
Rotherham Council's children's services have "transformed" since the local authority was rocked by a child sexual exploitation scandal, according to Ofsted.An inspection in 2014 identified "widespread and serious failures" of children in need of help by the council, while another inquiry found at least 1,400 children had been subject to…
A care worker has received a police caution after shocking hidden camera footage showed her repeatedly slapping an elderly woman with dementia in her own home. Mega Nursing and Care confirmed it had dismissed employee Stacey George, 46, who was caught hitting Sabina Marsden, 78, at her house in Kettering,…
A steep rise in the number of detentions of mentally unwell people could be a sign that the health service is under "considerable pressure", health inspectors have warned. In the decade to 2015/16 the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act increased by 40%. A new review into such…
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