Sunday, December 03, 2006


The front page of today's 'Observer' carries the headline: 'One person a week killed by mentally ill'. The 'Sunday Times' goes with 'Mentally ill murder 400' and the BBC and Channel 4 similarly report that 'More than 400 people have been killed by psychiatric patients...over the last eight years'.

These figures are taken from a new report called 'Avoidable Deaths' that details the failings of the 'care' in the community programme.

The full reports gives us another statistic; that 25 mentally ill patients a week commit suicide. That's 10,400 over eight years. Sadly the press finds this depressing statistic much less newsworthy.