Spike in Mental Health Patient Deaths Shows NHS ‘struggling to cope’

MP Norman Lamb likens rise of over 20% in the unexpected deaths of mentally ill people in NHS care to Mid Staffs scandal and calls for investigation

The number of deaths annually among mental health patients in England has risen from 1,412 to 1,713 over the last three years. Photograph: Jolie Clifford/Glasshouse Images/Corbis

A sudden spike in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly in NHS care has prompted calls for a wide-ranging investigation into