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Jeremy Hunt has branded as "totally unacceptable" reports that head teachers have had to prove children had attempted suicide before they could be treated by mental health services. The Health Secretary said the Government was trying to end "the terrible situation where people are told that you're not ill enough…
The number of care homes rated "inadequate" or requiring improvement increased in one in five English council areas last year, according to new analysis. Figures compiled by older people's charity Independent Age showed dramatic variations in the quality of care homes across the country, with 28.2% performing poorly in the…
Doctors are being prompted to tell children "to pretend their mental health is worse than it is" to receive treatment, MPs have heard. Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley made the comments on the back of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which said that too many children find themselves at…
A teenager with an eating disorder was told that she "wasn't thin enough" to get mental health support, a new report has revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that too many children and young people find themselves at "crisis point" before accessing mental health services. The CQC's review of…
Health inspectors have raised concerns over the "high" number of mental health patients who are being sent to care facilities far away from their homes. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said this could isolate patients from their support network and cut them off from local services that provide care once…
The Government has been accused of "yet another year of inaction" on mental health. Former shadow health minister Luciana Berger highlighted a "scathing" report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the use of the Mental Health Act. The Labour MP said the report raised one case where a woman…
Four patients died unexpectedly on a mental health ward which had more than the recommended number of beds on it, a report has found. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection into East London NHS Foundation Trust following the deaths on an all-male ward between December 2016 and…
Ambulance delays are feared to have caused up to 81 patient deaths at a trust judged to be in "crisis", a former health minister has said. Norman Lamb said he had seen a list of 40 cases of potential patient harm linked to response time delays at the East of…
A steep rise in the number of detentions of mentally unwell people could be a sign that the health service is under "considerable pressure", health inspectors have warned. In the decade to 2015/16 the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act increased by 40%. A new review into such…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Sir David said: "After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in…
A hospital where staff failings resulted in the death or significant harm of four newborn babies has been told it must make "significant improvements". North Devon District Hospital (pictured) was assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on emergency, maternity, end of life and outpatient care. In maternity care, the…
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