Restraint in mental health facilities rising

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The Ferret has reported that data released under a freedom of information request showed that six health boards across Scotland recorded a rise in the practice of physically restraining patients in mental health facilities between 2015 and 2018. The reported restraints were classified as “unplanned”, and in response to “adverse events”.

NHS Forth Valley reported the largest surge of 133 per cent. NHS Tayside recorded a 95 per cent increase, and recorded restraints also rose by 75 per cent within NHS Grampian, 64 per cent in Dumfries and Galloway, 50 per cent in Highland and 20 per cent in Fife. The Mental Welfare Commission has said that they will examine the evidence further.

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