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Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust back in special measures

From BBC - October 12, 2017

A mental health trust has been put back in special measures after its board "failed" to address serious concerns raised since 2014, a report says.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) as inadequate, has called for a host of improvements.

It is the only such trust in England to be put in special measures and only came out in October last year.

The NSFT said it was "disappointed" by the report.

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'Unsafe' trust out of special measures

In its report, the CQC says the board of the NSFT, which was first put in special measures in February 2015, had failed to ensure "unsafe environments were made safe".

CQC's chief inspector of hospitals Ted Baker said: "It is extremely disappointing that on our return to NSFT we found the board had failed to address a number of serious concerns.

"The trust leadership... must ensure it takes robust action to ensure improvements are made and we will continue to monitor the trust closely."

The CQC adds that it has "a lack of confidence" that the trust, which was inspected in July, was using performance data to ensure a quality service.

Its key findings are that:

Mother's anger over death

A mother has criticised the NSFT after her son killed himself five days after being released from a mental health unit.

Henry Curtis-Williams, 21, was detained under the Mental Health Act by police after he was seen peering over the top of Orwell Bridge in Ipswich.

He was put in the care of the NSFT but was released the following afternoon. Five days later he hanged himself.

Analysis

By BBC News health correspondent Sophie Hutchinson

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