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Lamb backs Mind's call for 48 hour follow ups for people leaving mental health hospital

April 16, 2017 12:44 PM
By Barry Holliday

Norman LambResponding to figures released by Mind that show 11,000 people across the country did not get follow-up within a week of leaving a mental health hospital in 2015-16 and Mind's call for urgent new guidelines so those leaving are followed up with within 48 hours, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

"The moral case for this proposal is overwhelming. When we know that the risk of loss of life through suicide doubles if there is no timely follow up, the Government and NHS England have an absolute duty to act. But this requires investment in community support which is so often lacking.

"We must invest more in mental health overall and also shift resources from containing people in institutions to investing in prevention and good crisis support in the community."