Damning death verdicts called for – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2009 in hospitals, mental health, news by sally

“A health watchdog should issue damning verdicts on six deaths of vulnerable NHS patients, a charity has said.”

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BBC News, 9th January 2009

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Vulnerable people to get better protection – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 18th, 2008 in mental health, press releases by sally

“Vulnerable adults who lack mental capacity will benefit from a joined-up approach in responding to concerns about those taking decisions on their behalf and the way they are protected from abuse, according to guidelines published by the Office of the Public Guardian today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th December 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Posted December 16th, 2008 in hospitals, human rights, law reports, mental health, suicide by sally

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2008] UKHL 74; [2008] WLR (D) 386

Where there was a real and immediate risk of a patient detained in a mental hospital committing suicide, art 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998, imposed an operational obligation on the medical authorities to do all that could reasonably be expected of them to prevent him doing so.”

WLR Daily, 15th December 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Times Law Reports

Posted December 11th, 2008 in hospitals, human rights, law reports, mental health, suicide by sally

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

House of Lords

“The right to life protected by article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights imposed an operational obligation on medical authorities to do all that could reasonably be expected of them to prevent a patient detained in a mental hospital who was known to be at a real and immediate risk of committing suicide from doing so.”

The Times, 11th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Daughter wins legal battle over mother’s suicide – The Independent

Posted December 10th, 2008 in hospitals, human rights, mental health, negligence, news, suicide by sally

“The daughter of a mentally-ill woman who walked out of a hospital and threw herself under a train has won the final round of her battle for the right to sue the local health trust for damages. ”

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The Independent, 10th December 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

R (DB) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Posted December 4th, 2008 in detention, hospital orders, law reports, mental health by sally

R (DB) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 1354; [2008] WLR (D) 375

The effect of an order for the admission and detention of an offender in a hospital, within s 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983, was limited by s 40 to the period of 28 days from the date of the making of the order. A subsequent amendment of the order did not authorise admission after the 28-day period in the original order.”

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (JL) (a Youth) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted December 2nd, 2008 in human rights, judicial review, law reports, mental health, prisons by sally

Regina (JL) (a Youth) v Secretary of State for Justice

House of Lords

“A near-suicide in custody which resulted in the prisoner’s mental incapacity triggered the state’s obligation to institute an independent initial investigation which complied with article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, protecting the right to life.”

The Times, 2nd December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Senile rapist, 82, avoids prison – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2008 in elderly, mental health, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“An 82-year-old rapist with dementia has avoided a jail sentence for an attack he committed in 1993 because of his diminished mental state.”

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BBC News, 27th November 2008

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Pensioner locked up indefinitely after beating wife to death – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 17th, 2008 in diminished responsibility, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A pensioner who beat his cancer-stricken wife of 30 years to death as she lay in bed has been locked up in a secure unit indefinitely.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pensioner who left £2.34 million estate to RSPCA ‘had psychiatric problems’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2008 in mental health, news, wills by sally

“An elderly woman who bequeathed her £2.34 million estate to the RSPCA had psychiatric problems at the time, the High Court heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fears over new drug orders for mental health patients – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2008 in medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

“Campaigners have expressed concern about the potential misuse of new powers for the compulsory treatment of people with mental illness that come into force in England today.”

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Schizophrenic killed neighbour he wrongly believed was a paedophile – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A schizophrenic who stabbed a neighbour to death in front of his family in the mistaken belief that he was a paedophile has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Policeman still seeking compensation after 22 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2008 in damages, mental health, news, police by sally

“A policeman who was forced out of his job 22 years ago, after being falsely labelled mentally unstable, is still battling for compensation, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Public Guardian Board open meeting – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 10th, 2008 in mental health, powers of attorney, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has given a speech at the first open meeting of the Public Guardian Board, a body set up under the Mental Capacity Act to scrutinise and review the work of the Office of the Public Guardian.”

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Ministry of Justice, 8th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New mental health powers threaten rights, claim lawyers – The Independent

Posted September 29th, 2008 in mental health, news by sally

“Lawyers are lining up to challenge the legality of the new Mental Health Act as fears about the imminent new powers grow among patients.”

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The Independent, 28th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Thousands of mentally ill people in police custody – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 10th, 2008 in detention, mental health, news, police by sally

“Thousands of mentally ill people are being detained in police cells instead of being taken to hospital, according to a report.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2008

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Security fears as 116 mentally ill criminals escape in a year – The Times

Posted September 9th, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“England’s director of mental health care today called for tougher standards for secure hospitals after it emerged that at least 116 mentally ill criminals escaped last year, more than 20 times the rate of escapes by offenders held in prison.”

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The Times, 9th September 2008

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Schizophrenic guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2008 in mental health, murder, news by sally

“A paranoid schizophrenic has been found guilty of murdering a father-of-three who was stabbed more than 80 times.”

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BBC News, 1st September 2008

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‘Alarming’ rise in self-harming at detention centres – The Independent

Posted September 1st, 2008 in asylum, detention, mental health, news, self-harm by sally

“Incidences of self-harm in immigration detention centres rose 73 per cent in the first six months of this year, Home Office figures have revealed. The sharp increase has provoked calls for the Government to re-examine its policy of treating asylum-seekers as prisoners.”

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The Independent, 31st August 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mental health killings ‘falling’ – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news by sally

“The number of killings by people with mental health problems in England and Wales has fallen by two-thirds in the last 30 years, a study has found.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk