published: 26 February 2016
A patient tried to strangle themselves during an official inspection of a mental health trust which had repeatedly failed to follow formal advice on reducing suicide risks, a report revealed today.
The unnamed patient, who was found unconscious, attempted to kill themselves with a ligature as inspectors visited the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust last August. Two men had already died by hanging on the trust’s acute wards earlier in the year.
The Care Quality Commission, which carried out the inspection, today published a damning report into its findings.
It said the trust had failed to respond to warnings from the CQC and others over five years about ligature points on its acute wards, despite repeated assurances that it was acting on the concerns.
The CQC’s report found that overall, the trust “required improvement” but gave it the worst possible rating – inadequate – for safety.