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Full report: People turning up to A&E hourly in mental health crisis

An ITV News Central investigation has found that every day, 60 people are turning up to A&E's across the region with a mental health problem.

Not all of the A&E departments have staff trained in the area and campaigners are warning lives are being put at risk.

Tom Dunning, who ended up in casualty twice in one night after trying to take his own life, says it took three years for him to get the help he needed.

Rebecca Burrows has this exclusive report.

'Lives are being put at risk', says charity Mind

Mental health charity Mind has told ITV News Central that the current mental health system is in ‘crisis’ and lives are being ‘put at risk’ as a result.

Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer Vicki Nash said that because services aren't available, people are being forced to go to A&E.



Leicester MP Liz Kendall fights to keep heart surgery unit in region

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall has today called on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene in the decision by the NHS to close the region's only children's heart surgery unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

Speaking to ITV News today the Labour MP who was part of the efforts to save the heart unit just three years ago said she hoped the clinical evidence provided by the unit would lead to MPs to reconsider the decision.

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