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SAM president says ‘shocking’ case shows need for review of care for vulnerable patients

Following an inquest into the deaths of two patients in Leeds after an attack on a hospital ward by a patient with paranoid schizophrenia in 2015 which had gone unreported, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“This is shocking case that has gone unreported since 2015 and it forces us all to look at how and where we treat some of our most vulnerable patients.

“Recent changes will mean that more often an acute medical unit will be seen as a place of safety as an emergency department is no longer said to be a safe place.

“Staff and acute trusts must be aware of this and fully trained, or at least fully supported, by mental health specialists, but this will require extra resources at a time when the system is at breaking point.

“We need a total rethink on how and where we can meet these peoples physical and mental needs and trusts must be open and honest in the future around this area and investigate and report this type of incident openly.”

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