Inadequate care linked to homicides and suicides

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:140

Severely mentally ill people in Britain who are at high risk of committing suicide or homicide are getting inadequate care, says a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (see also p 135). At least 13 killings over three years might have been prevented if mentally ill patients had been supervised and treated adequately. Patients' refusal to comply with treatment is often the cause of such deaths, but inadequate use of care plans by mental health staff is widespread, says the Confidential Inquiry into Homicides and Suicides by Mentally Ill People.

The independent inquiry was commissioned in 1992 by the Department of Health with the aim of identifying possible risk factors for suicide and homicide among people who are or have recently been under …

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