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Mental healthcare failings kill | Letters

The lack of statutory enforcement and oversight of safety recommendations reported by coroners is putting lives at risk, says Deborah Coles of Inquest, and Sushila Dhall writes how a now dismantled system saved her life

The Guardian investigation of deaths of patients in mental health detention (Report, 6 March ) exposes the current accountability gap in post-death investigations and inquests. Inquest has long called for a fundamental overhaul of the way in which deaths of mental health patients are investigated. Our casework with bereaved families shows that many deaths are preventable and arise as a result of repeated, systemic …read more