Concerns raised over mental health unit deaths

bbc.co.uk Tuesday 30th July 2013

There have been 10 suicides since 2010 at the Bradgate Unit. Inquests have highlighted repeated failings by staff.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has admitted mistakes but says it is very close to putting matters right.

Charity Inquest wants deaths in mental health units, like police custody and jail, to be independently investigated.

Bradgate has come under increasing criticism from the local coroner over deaths where high-risk patients were either allowed to abscond or killed themselves while in supposedly secure wards.

Following a BBC News investigation, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has admitted that it has failed to properly inspect some units including Bradgate.

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