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Judge attacks mental health provision after approving care plan for suicidal girl

Sir James Munby says situation demonstrates country’s ‘utterly shaming’ lack of proper mental health provision

A suicidal 17-year-old girl is to be moved to a secure unit on Thursday after a senior judge warned that plans to release her because of a shortage of secure beds for mental health patients would leave “blood on our hands”.

But in his latest ruling in the case of the youngster known only as X, Sir James Munby was scathing that the decision to find her a bed only followed his outspoken warnings that a failure to do so could result in her taking her own …read more

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