Clive Lewis has raised serious concerns over the number of unexpected deaths of service users within the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Since 2013, there has been a 50% increase in unexpected deaths at the mental health trust.
The deaths, which do not include those under the care of the drug and alcohol team or those who have died from natural causes, could include those who have committed suicide.
Norwich South MP Clive Lewis said
“I have the utmost respect for the hardworking staff at the Trust, but these deaths are yet again the result of people let down by our services who are struggling to do their best under increasing workloads and with less resources.
“I am calling for action to save our services and have just today sought a meeting with the local coroner who I believe is best placed to give an independent and detailed view. We should be demanding an inquiry into the affect this Government’s cuts are having on our mental health services.”
The Labour Party recently announced Liverpool Wavertee MP Luciana Berger, as the Party’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, the first time mental health has been a specific responsibility for a shadow minister.