Inquiry examines 1,500 deaths in Essex mental health services
A public inquiry has learned of the deaths of 1,500 people who were in the care of Essex mental health services over a 21-year period.
The Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry is the first of its kind in England and is investigating matters surrounding the deaths of mental health inpatients across NHS Trusts in Essex between 2000 and 2020.
Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive of SANE, comments on developments of the inquiry:
“While we would encourage more bereaved families to come forward and speak to the inquiry, this will not cover the full story unless the investigation widens its remit to cover deaths in the community as well as inpatient settings.
“SANE also hopes that those staff involved will come forward to give evidence, in order that families and others can get closer to the truth behind these tragic deaths.”
The inquiry began taking evidence from the public in December and is ongoing.
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