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Category Archives: Mental Health

NHS is failing patients with mental illness

According to a report published today, mental illness accounts for half of all ill health amongst those of working age and apparently it has a similar impact on life expectancy as smoking. A panel of experts including economists, psychologists, doctors and NHS managers say that the NHS is failing to provide even the basic treatment…
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Dementia sufferer was tasered by police

A 59-year-old man was tasered by police when they were faced with a significant level of violence, says Humberside Police. Swain & Co.’s specialist community care solicitors support the Alzheimer’s Society’s concerns that this incident is truly alarming, where a Taser gun has been used on a vulnerable person. This gentleman was suffering from a…
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Discrimination against people with mental health problems

The Lancet study found that one in four mentally ill people have been attacked in the last year (as reported by the BBC on 28th February 2012). The underlying reasons behind this saddening statistic are complex, as is the subject of mental illness. But generally, people with mental illnesses are likely to struggle with personal relationships,…
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Leading human rights case extends duties of psychiatric hospitals

The Mental Health team at Swain and Co welcome the decision in the landmark case of Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698. In this case, it was decided that the parents of an informal patient should be able to rely upon The Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended), in establishing that…
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