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Staff shortages force mental health trusts to cancel patient activities and close wards, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 17 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k233
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Problems with staffing have forced mental health providers around England to cancel patient activities and close wards, a report by the King’s Fund has warned.1

The research by the healthcare think tank found that mental health providers were struggling with high staff vacancy rates and turnover, a reliance on bank and agency staff, and an inappropriate skill mix. It said that this had led to patient activities being cancelled, wards being closed owing to safety concerns, and patients being …

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