Dr Katherine Rake, Chief Executive of Healthwatch England:
It is absolutely shocking that three quarters of people diagnosed with mental health conditions receive no treatment.
Tens of thousands of people are potentially being sent home without proper support when they leave hospital or a care home. People can be left isolated and end up in crisis that could have been prevented.
'Unsafe discharge' can have the biggest impact on people who are already vulnerable.
Assistant Director of Policy at The King's Fund said:
‘We welcome today's focus on making honesty and transparency the guiding principles for patient safety. Implementing the change set out by the government will be a long haul and requires culture change right across the NHS
Over the next 20 years, the number of people in England aged 85 and above will more than double.
Local Government Ombudsman 18th Feb 2014
A report by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) has found two Somerset authorities should have done more to safeguard a vulnerable man’s health. This may have prevented his untimely death.