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CCG reveals unexpected death increase


13 September 2013

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Eight people in the care of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust died unexpectedly in June, the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) has revealed. 
West Norfolk CCG has voiced concerns over standards of care offered to mental health patients in the borough. 
June’s rise in deaths has not continued, with no unexpected deaths reported over the past two months. 
CCG chairman Dr Ian Mack said it could be too early to tell whether it is a significant trend. 

Eight people in the care of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust died unexpectedly in June, the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) has revealed. 
West Norfolk CCG has voiced concerns over standards of care offered to mental health patients in the borough. 
June’s rise in deaths has not continued, with no unexpected deaths reported over the past two months. 
CCG chairman Dr Ian Mack said it could be too early to tell whether it is a significant trend. 
He said: “We have asked the trust to ensure that we have full details about these unexpected deaths to see if there is any particular theme emerging.” 
Delays in mental health assessments and a high level of patient dissatisfaction with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) have been noted by the CCG. 

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