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'Discriminatory' mental health system overhauled

'Discriminatory' mental health system overhauled

Plans have been announced to overhaul the mental health system - with the aim of making it less discriminatory towards black people.Ministers say changes to how people are sectioned in England and Wales will see them treated "as individuals, with rights, preferences, and expertise".Black people are over four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, relative to population.The mental health charity Mind said the changes "cannot come soon enough."People are detained under the mental health act - or sectioned - for their own safety, or the safety of others. How long they...

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East Kent Hospitals: 'Toxic culture risks patients' lives'

East Kent Hospitals: 'Toxic culture risks patients' lives'

A "toxic culture" at a troubled NHS trust is risking patients' lives, say several current and former staff.Managers and medics have told BBC News that people are fearful of speaking up amid a bullying, blame culture at the East Kent Hospitals Trust.The BBC has already revealed how to allow treatment to be administered.The trust says it takes all staff concerns and complaints seriously. The East Kent Hospitals Trust is at the centre of an independent investigation into maternity failures and has been at one of its hospitals. "It is so badly broken," said one manager, but the trust leadership...

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Oct 15
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