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Hundreds of deaths of detainees with mental health conditions were avoidable, inquiry says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 23 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1044
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

An inquiry has revealed serious flaws in the system of care for people with mental health conditions detained in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, and police cells in England and Wales.

The inquiry, by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, concluded that hundreds of deaths of people with mental health conditions could have been avoided. The inquiry covered 2010-13, during which 367 adults with mental health conditions died of non-natural causes in psychiatric wards and police cells and another 295 adults died in prison, many of whom had mental health …

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