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Private mental health unit scrutiny recommended by Norfolk committee

A report into the care of three women at a former mental health unit has recommended greater monitoring and scrutiny of private provision.

The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) review focused on care given to women known as L, M and N, who lived at Milestones Hospital near Norwich.

The women, in their 20s, were found to have visited accident and emergency 53 times, mostly due to self-harm. The unit shut down last year and the company that run it has been dissolved.

Heather Roach, chair of NSAB, said: "When vulnerable patients are placed in hospitals like Milestones, it's vital that our whole system works together to keep them safe. This review has shown that there are gaps in the monitoring of private provision, particularly when patients are placed in Norfolk from out of our county."

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Source: BBC News (25 August 2022)


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