Unite demands greater security at psychiatric hospitals

The number of escapes from secure psychiatric hospitals reinforces the campaign by union Unite for England-wide standards for mental health services.

Unite welcomes the indication from the DoH that such standards will be introduced for all secure services.

Unite was commenting after a BBC Freedom of Information Act investigation found that there had been at least 116 escapes from medium and low secure psychiatric hospitals last year.

Brian Rogers, a Unite professional officer, said: ‘Public confidence demands that high standards are in place to ensure both public safety, as well as the delivery of high quality patient care.’

Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb said: ‘This is a shocking demonstration of the lack of attention and investment in mental health services.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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