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'Additional health checks' for mentally ill patients

Healthcare staff are to give mentally ill patients additional checks in order to help reduce the number who die young unnecessarily, health chiefs have said.

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'Lifestyle MOTS' for mentally ill patients

Mentally ill patients are to be given extra checks as health chiefs try to stem the high number of premature deaths among those with conditions like depression and schizophrenia, NHS England have said.

Mentally ill patients are dying of recognisable heath conditions prematurely, health chiefs have warned. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people are dying 15 years premature, despite suffering from the same health problems as the general public, according to health chiefs.

Those with serious mental issues have the same time life expectancy as the general population did in the 1950s.

Now health officials are trying to stem the tide of avoidable deaths by offering all mental health patients "lifestyle MoTs" as well as assessing their psychological needs, NHS England has announced.

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