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More than half of people with mental health problems receive a “double whammy” of poor care in general hospitals which increases patients’ risk of dying, according to a major new NHS inquiry.

Only 46% of patients with serious mental health conditions were well looked after when they attended hospital with a physical ailment such as heart trouble, a group of independent experts found.

Many A&E unit staff lack the knowledge or confidence to care properly for mentally ill people, according to a report by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).

Substandard care that mentally ill patients receive for physical health problems results in many of them repeatedly returning to A&E , the NCEPOD team found when they analysed the medical records of 552 patients who sought help at an acute or general hospital.

 

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