Psychiatric wards: Mental health inquiry reveals security failures – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2008 in hospitals, mental health, news by sally

“NHS psychiatric hospitals are failing to stop thousands of patients a year from absconding during periods of compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act, the Healthcare Commission revealed last night.”

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2008

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Father condemns ‘whitewash’ report into killing of children – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2008 in children, homicide, mental health, news, social services by sally

“The father of two children killed by their mentally ill mother yesterday condemned as ‘scandalous whitewash’ an inquiry that stopped short of blaming any individual for the tragedy.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2008

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Child killing report ‘scandalous’ – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2008 in children, homicide, mental health, news, social services by sally

“Health professionals failed to assess the risk a mentally ill mother posed to her two young children, a report into their deaths has found.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2008

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Self-harming in prisons: the gruesome truth – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm by sally

“In 2006, there were 23,420 recorded incidents of self-harm among a total prisoner population in England and Wales of 78,000.”

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2008

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Psychiatrist who released killer patient is suing for compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 28th, 2008 in mental health, news, psychiatrists by sally

“A psychiatrist is suing her employer for £300,000 compensation because she was ‘humiliated’ and made to stop work after she released a mental patient who fatally stabbed a retired banker the next day.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2008

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‘Lawyer lied about mental illness to up payout’ – The Times

Posted June 17th, 2008 in bullying, compensation, mental health by sally

“A female lawyer demanding £19 million in compensation for workplace bullying faked a nervous breakdown to secure a higher payout, an Employment Tribunal heard today.”

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The Times, 16th June 2008

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Regina v C (Mental disorder: Sexual activity) – Times Law Reports

Posted June 9th, 2008 in law reports, mental health, sexual offences by sally

Regina v C (Mental disorder: Sexual activity)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“The effect of a mental disorder had to be severe before it would have the effect that a person was unable to choose whether to submit to sexual activity. If a complainant consented to sexual activity against her inclination because she was frightened of the defendant, even if her fear was irrational and caused by her mental disorder, it did not follow that she lacked the capacity to choose whether to agree to sexual activity.”

The Times, 9th June 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.

WI in prison mental health call – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Women’s Institute members have voted overwhelmingly to back a resolution calling for an end to ‘inappropriate imprisonment’ of the mentally ill.”

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BBC News, 4th June 2008

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Freed teenager raped pregnant woman – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 4th, 2008 in mental health, news, rape, young offenders by sally

“A teenager beat and raped a pregnant woman the day after he was allowed to walk free from remand because of a lack of secure hospital beds.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2008

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Prisons unable to cope with rising levels of mentally ill inmates – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2008 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Prison mental health services are struggling to cope as overstretched staff try to deal with rising levels of mental illness among prisoners, a major report will warn next week. Thousands of seriously mentally ill prisoners are being released untreated back into the community, it says.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2008

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Yorkshire ripper launches freedom bid – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 14th, 2008 in human rights, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe has launched a bid for freedom, claiming his human rights have been breached.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2008

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Mother ‘failed by social workers’ – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2008 in children, mental health, news, social services by sally

“A judge has criticised social workers for not helping a young mother who killed her two-year-old daughter.”

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BBC News, 12th May 2008

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Health care failings in killings – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news by sally

“A man who killed a 21-year-old man had told mental health services of his fantasies to murder – but was not given adequate help, a report has found.”

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BBC News, 8th May 2008

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Regina (Eisai Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – Times Law Reports

Posted May 7th, 2008 in law reports, medicines, mental health by sally

Regina (Eisai Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Court of Appeal

“Procedural fairness required the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to release a fully executable version of an economic model to those consulted in the course of an appraisal process and not simply a read-only version. To do otherwise would place drug companies at a significant disadvantage in challenging the reliability of those models.”

The Times, 7th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Ruling ‘denies treatment to 100,000 Alzheimer’s patients’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2008 in appeals, medical treatment, medicines, mental health, news by sally

“Almost 100,000 Alzheimer’s patients face being denied NHS treatment which could delay the onset of their disease, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2008

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Life for Gulf War veteran David Bradley, who shot dead four of his family – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

” A Gulf War veteran who killed four members of his family was jailed yesterday after a court heard how he ‘freaked out’ on a hot summer’s night.”

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The Times, 10th April 2008

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Westminster City Council v IC and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in islamic law, jurisdiction, law reports, marriage, mental health by sally

Westminster City Council v IC and Others

Court of Appeal

“A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio; the judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”

The Times, 3rd April 2008

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Husband let wife starve to death – BBC News

Posted March 28th, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A 71-year-old man has been jailed after letting his mentally ill wife starve to death while he went to the pub and visited the bookmakers.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2008

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Unlawful killing verdict on Liam Hogan, who was pushed from balcony by his father – The Times

Posted March 28th, 2008 in inquests, mental health, news, unlawful killing by sally

“A holidaymaker who pushed his two children from a fourth-floor balcony during a row with his wife may be prosecuted in England after his release from a Greek psychiatric hospital.”

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The Times, 28th March 2008

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Regina (Rayner) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted March 26th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, mental health, tribunals by sally

Regina (Rayner) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“The statutory scheme dealing with the referral of a recalled mental patient to a mental health review tribunal was not incompatible with the patient’s rights under article 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 26th March 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.