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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3264

Care of people in mental health crises in England is poor: The quality of care experienced by people in a mental health crisis varies greatly depending on where they are in England and what help they need, a report by the healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission has found.1 The report, which looked at feedback from almost 1800 people who had experience of a crisis, also found that many healthcare professionals sometimes lacked compassion. In some cases, the only recourse for people trying to access crisis services was a phone line telling them to go to their local emergency department.

More children in England are in smoke free homes: The number of children exposed to secondhand smoke has fallen by around 80% since 1998, a study in Addiction has found.2 It also found that an emerging social norm in England was for homes to be smoke free not only when parents weren’t smokers but also when they were. The proportion of children living in a home reported to be smoke free …

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