Major concerns remain over NHS-wide ‘unsafe’ mental health wards despite some improvements

26 February 2019 – NHE

CQC still has concerns about the quality and safety of mental health wards across England despite seeing some improvement from trusts in planning for patients subject to the Mental Health Act.

After carrying out over 1,000 visits to mental health wards throughout 2017-18 and reviewing their care, the health inspectorate said that many of them are “unsafe and provide poor quality of care,” a concern raised in the State of Care report as the CQC’s greatest concern.

However, despite “considerable room” for further progress, there has been an overall trend of improvement in the quality of care and care planning, it was reported.

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