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Family court judge “ashamed” that NHS cannot find bed for suicidal teenager

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 04 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3767
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The UK will have “blood on its hands” if the NHS cannot find an immediate place for a 17 year old woman at acute risk of suicide, the senior family court judge in England and Wales has said.

James Munby, president of the High Court’s family division, said that he felt “ashamed and embarrassed ” that no place had been found for the woman on her release from youth custody on 14 August. Staff looking after her in a secure unit, where she was …

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