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Unexplained deaths of psychiatric in-patients at record seven-year high

The number of unexplained deaths of psychiatric in-patients has reached its highest level for eight years.

There were 49 sudden unexplained deaths in 2006. In 1999, when records began, there were 37.

The figures for England and Wales were from the National Patient Safety Agency. They were contained in this week’s report by the National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide And Homicide By People With A Mental Illness.

“Possible explanations include a true rise in sudden death, changes in the in-patient population and better reporting,” states the report.”

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