Essex mental health services inquiry probes 1,500 deaths
Health / Mon 28th Mar 2022 at 07:31am
A PUBLIC inquiry has learned of the deaths of 1,500 people who were in the care of Essex mental health services over a 21-year period reports the BBC.
They were either inpatients or individuals who died within three months of being discharged.
Dr Geraldine Strathdee, chairwoman of the inquiry, said “at this stage we only know the causes of death in 40% of those people”.
She appealed for more people to come forward.
The inquiry began taking evidence from the public in December and is ongoing.
So far it has heard from 14 families of those who have died, as well as other individuals.
Among the recurring themes have been concerns over patients’ physical, mental and sexual safety while on wards, said Dr Strathdee.
She added a lack of basic information being provided to patients and their loved ones and “major differences in the quality of care” were also things she had repeatedly heard.
She said they had “limited information” about the deaths and they were “seeking further information rapidly so that we understand which of those 1,500 people will need further investigation”.
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The link to comment on the inquiry is hosted on the Essex mental health indipendant inquiry website https://www.emhii.org.uk/giving-evidence/