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Trust's mental health services are threadbare, says CHI

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:662
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Mental health services run by a Welsh NHS trust are threadbare and often cannot help patients with urgent needs, an investigation by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) has concluded.

    Staff shortages have led to heavy dependency on locums and bank staff, and there have been times when patients who needed to be detained or sectioned had been left in the community overnight.

    The commission's investigators also found evidence of nurses working 24 hour shifts (by being both permanent and bank nurses), signs of staff burnout, considerable levels of sickness absence, high staff turnover, and concerns about the level of supervision for professional staff. …

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