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Share information about patients to tackle static suicide rate, doctors are told

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g400 (Published 22 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g400
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Clinicians are being encouraged to share more information about patients they suspect could be considering suicide, in an attempt to tackle the static level of suicides in England.

A consensus statement on information sharing and suicide prevention, published on 17 January by the Department of Health, is signed by eight professional organisations, including the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, and Royal College of Psychiatrists.1

It is published alongside the first annual report on England’s cross government suicide prevention strategy, Preventing Suicide in England: One year On,2 which says that better recording and sharing of information were important in helping to prevent suicide.

The report looks at progress made …

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