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Missing mental health patient found

Marvin Walters, 28, went missing from Lewisham yesterday. Credit: Met Police

A man who had gone missing from a secure mental health unit has been found by police, Scotland Yard has said.

Marvin Walters, 28, has been returned to hospital.

He was reported missing from the unit in Lewisham, south east London, yesterday and police warned he was considered a risk to the public.

Judge orders London doctors to operate on a mentally-ill woman

A High Court judge last night gave permission for doctors to perform a caesarian on a mentally ill patient Credit: PA

London doctors were given permission to perform an urgent Caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman last night.

A High Court judge ordered the surgery after concluding that the woman lacked the mental capacity to make the decision at a hearing in the Court of Protection yesterday.

Mr Justice Hayden gave specialists working for the Royal Free London NHS Trust the go-ahead late last night. Lawyers representing the trust today said the baby had been delivered without any problem in the early hours and the woman had hugged a surgeon after recovering consciousness.

The judge described the decision as "draconian", but said he had heard evidence that the woman's life might have been in danger and had concluded the woman, who is 32 and was 32 weeks pregnant, lacked the mental capacity to make the decision herself.


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Judge: Decision on Caesarean taken 'very seriously'

A High Court Judge heard a pregnant woman was thought to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had attempted suicide.

The decision to compel a Caesarean Section on an incapacitous woman who is mentally and physically ill is an extremely draconian one,

Doctors do not embark upon this lightly. It occurs extremely rarely. It is one that the lawyers also take very seriously indeed.

– High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden.

As he ruled that doctors should be given permission to perform a urgent The judge said neither the woman nor the hospital could be identified but he said the health authority could and should be named.

He said the scrutiny of doctors' conduct could only "serve to reassure public confidence".

The Court of Protection is part of the High Court and analyses issues relating to sick and vulnerable people.

£26bn cost of mental health

An estimated one in four Londoners will experience a mental health condition. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The scale of mental ill health in London is costing the capital around £26 billion a year, according to a new report.

An estimated one in four Londoners will experience a mental health condition.

According to a Department of Health report, the impact of mental ill health is greater than cancer and cardiovascular disease.

It represents around 22.8% of the total, compared to 15.9% and 16.2% respectively. Close to £7.5 billion is spent each year to address mental ill health in London.

This includes spending on health and social care to treat illness and costs to education services and the criminal justice system.

However, a total £26 billion is lost to London each year through such issues as reduced quality of life and productivity.

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Mental health support at police stations welcomed

The Centre for Mental Health has welcomed plans for mental health professionals to be placed in prison stations as part of a drive to reduce reoffending by mentally ill patients.

Liaison and diversion teams provide immediate advice and help to the police when they arrest someone with a mental health difficulty. They can screen for mental health problems and learning difficulties in both adults and children who come into police custody and secure the right support for those who need it.

We are pleased that the Government has given the go-ahead to further development of liaison and diversion services. This year it will be five years since the Bradley Report was published and it is vital that good quality mental health support for adults and children alike is available in every police station and court in England.

– Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sean Duggan

Mental health nurses to help police and courts in London

Mental health nurses are to be posted in police stations and courts in London in an attempt to reduce reoffending by mentally ill criminals.

The £25 million scheme is also being piloted in Merseyside, Avon and Wiltshire, Leicester, Sussex, Dorset, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Coventry, south Essex and Wakefield over the next year.

We want to help them get the right support and treatment as early as possible. Diverting the individual away from offending and helping to reduce the risk of more victims suffering due to further offences benefits everyone.

– Care and support minister Norman Lamb

If the pilot is successful, the measure will be rolled out across the rest of the country by 2017.


Nurses to accompany police on call-outs

The Met Police is re-thinking the way it deals with cases involving vulnerable people, by drafting in the help of specialist nurses.

Officers will work alongside medical teams in cases involving people suffering from mental health problems, to make sure they get the specialist care they need.

Today, Marcia Rigg whose brother Sean died in police custody, welcomed the changes - but said they don't go far enough.

Nurses 'invaluable role' helping mentally ill people

Nurses play an invaluable role in helping people with mental health problems and these new street triage pilots will make sure that people get the help and assessments they need as quickly as possible in times of crisis.

By doing this it ensures people needing assistance are in the right environment and have access to better treatment and care. This is a great example of collaborative working and better integration of services.

– Vivienne Bennett, Director of Nursing

Met police pioneer mental heath programme

The Metropolitan Police are pioneering a new programme which aims to improve the care given to people with mental health issues during an emergency.

Specialist mental health nurses will accompany officers on patrols and assist staff in call centres.

Making sure people with mental health problems get the right assessment, care and treatment they need as quickly as possible is really important, especially in emergency situations.

We know that some police forces are already doing an extremely good job of handling circumstances involving mentally ill people but we want this to be the reality everywhere.

By providing police forces with the support of health professionals we can give officers the skills they need to treat vulnerable people appropriately in times of crisis.

– Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister
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