- A BBC investigation has revealed that mental health staff in the UK are working in a “powder keg” environment, as assaults by patients soar. Figures obtained by 5 live Investigates show there were more than 42,000 reported attacks on staff in 2016-17 in the mental health trusts who responded.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have reconfirmed their commitment to the issue of mental health with the announcement of a £2m investment.
The money has come from their charitable trust, the Royal Foundation, and will be used to set up a digital innovation unit to develop new tools and services that will help people have conversations about their mental health and access support.
- A father has lost a damages claim against a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos. The High Court found IVF Hammersmith was not negligent. The couple broke up in two thousand ten but some months later the woman asked the clinic to implant an embryo, which they had stored.
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A BBC investigation has revealed that mental health staff in the UK are working in a “powder keg” environment, as assaults by patients soar. Figures obtained by Five live Investigates show there were more than forty two thousand reported attacks on staff in two thousand sixteen to two thousand seventeen in the mental health trusts who responded. The figure is more than a quarter higher than for the corresponding trusts four years earlier. Health bosses say violence on NHS staff is “completely unacceptable”. Nearly two-thirds of mental health trusts in the UK provided data under a Freedom of Information request, which revealed assaults increased from thirty three thousand six hundred twenty in two thousand twelve and two thousand thirteen to forty two thousand six hundred ninety two last year.
They included a healthcare assistant who was stabbed to death and a worker having part of their thumb bitten off. England, where assaults were up by more than a third, accounted for the vast majority of the rise. The number of attacks recorded by providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland showed little or no overall rise. There were also more than seventeen thousand assaults by patients on other patients in the UK last year.
Nearly a third of mental health workers said levels of violence had risen in the last year and most blamed staff shortages and overuse of agency staff for the increase. The Department of Health said it was “completely unacceptable” for NHS staff to face violence or aggression at work. It added: “All incidents should be reported, and we expect the NHS to work with the police to seek the strongest possible action.” It said eleven point six billion pounds had been invested last year and it was creating twenty one thousand new posts by two thousand twenty one.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have reconfirmed their commitment to the issue of mental health with the announcement of a two million pounds investment.
The money has come from their charitable trust, the Royal Foundation, and will be used to set up a digital innovation unit to develop new tools and services that will help people have conversations about their mental health and access support. It is the largest single grant ever given by the foundation since it began operating in two thousand eleven. The digital innovation unit is the next phase in their high profile Heads Together campaign, which saw the Royals team up with the London Marathon to create the world’s first mental health marathon. It also attracted high-profile support from the likes of Lady Gaga, Professor Green, Ruby Wax, Alastair Campbell and Theresa May. On a visit to Imperial College London’s Data Observatory on Friday, William learned about the campaign’s progress in its drive to “change the conversation on mental health”.
He was shown a collection of data visualisations from the biggest ever series of surveys on mental health involving fourteen thousand members of the British public.
The surveys suggested that a total one point five million more people or three percent were talking about mental health in May compared to February two thousand seventeen, when the surveys were launched, with a twelve percent increase in the number of those admitting to talking about their own mental health. After hearing about the work of the campaign, William said: “Wow. Lots of figures. Amazing,” and added that it had been “fantastic” to see data about the campaign’s impact around the UK. The Mix, one of their eight charity partners, offers advice to teenagers and young people who already use their phones, social media and online search engines to find support. Chris Martin, CEO of The Mix, said: “The potential of these technologies is developing all the time and – increasingly – young people turn to these channels first when they are struggling.
On Tuesday William, Kate and Harry will mark world mental health day, which this year focuses on workplace wellbeing.
A father has lost a damages claim against a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos. The High Court found IVF Hammersmith was not negligent.
The couple broke up in two thousand ten but some months later the woman asked the clinic to implant an embryo, which they had stored. The man, who can only be identified as ARB, said he did not give his consent and was tricked by his former partner. After the couple had a son together through IVF at the clinic in two thousand eight, a number of embryos were frozen and they signed agreements annually for these to remain in storage. In October two thousand ten, the mother handed IVF Hammersmith a ‘consent to thaw’ form, forged with ARB’s signature. On the basis of this document, an embryo was thawed and successfully implanted. The father said his ex-partner’s dishonesty resulted in the birth of his daughter, an “unwanted child”.”It’s a very, very difficult situation for me. A beautiful child, a child that everyone would want, a child that I love. But also a child that has brought us so much pain.”
He argued that the clinic should pay for the cost of her upbringing, including private school fees, holidays, refurbishing her bedroom and her wedding. The presiding judge Mister Justice Jay said: “Although he has lost this case, my judgment must be seen as a complete personal and moral vindication for ARB.”
But the judge said he did have concerns about the way consent was obtained by clinics during this time.The clinic said it has since reviewed its procedures to “ensure such a case could not occur again.” The father said: “This claim has never been about money; it is about justice.” He plans to appeal the decision regarding damages in the Supreme Court.