March 18, 2016
(Medical Xpress) – An ongoing culture of secrecy, poor access to specialist mental health services and a lack of high quality independent investigations has contributed to hundreds of non-natural deaths in detention, according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Since 2014, over 225 people detained in prisons, psychiatric hospitals and police cells – many of whom had mental health conditions – have died of non-natural causes in England and Wales. When 2015 figures for psychiatric hospitals are also published, the final number could be far higher.
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