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CQC’s Mental Health Act Annual Report 2010/11

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their second annual report on its role in monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. The report is based on findings from visits made by CQC’s Mental Health Act Commissioners to mental health services and patients, as well as the work of their Second Opinion Appointed Doctors.  The report highlights that:

  • CQC were notified of 294 deaths of detained patients in 2009 and 283 in 2010; 75% of these were due to natural causes.
  • Most of the 115 deaths in 2009 and 2010 attributed to ‘unnatural causes’ were due to suicide or self harm.
  • Training in control and restraint was variable and unregulated. 
  • CQC has engaged with the work of the IAP to prevent deaths in custody and sits on the Ministerial Board.
  To read the full report, please click here.

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