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Calls for public inquiry into 'systemic failings' across mental health hospitals in England

The government is being urged to launch a public inquiry into "systemic failings" at mental health hospitals across England.

Leading mental health charity Mind says "immediate political action" is needed as NHS mental health facilities are "at breaking point".

Mind claims "patients' human rights are being violated" and "wrongly restrained" across "run-down, understaffed" mental health wards.

Its Raise the Standard campaign argues that a "full statutory inquiry" is the "first step" into resolving widespread issues.

Dr Sarah Hughes, chief executive of Mind, said: "One case of abuse, neglect or unsafe care is too many, people are suffering because of the shocking state of care in mental health hospitals.

"People should go to hospital to get well, not to endure harm. This is wholly unacceptable and must be addressed urgently."

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Source: Sky News, 20 June 2023


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