From the Performance Report:
7 SUIs were reported to the PCTs and Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in April 2008. 5 SUIs were of unexpected death in the community (4 reported by WAMH Bedford and 1 by WAMH Luton). 3 of the 5 community deaths were reported by drug and alcohol services (2 from Healthlink and 1 from LDASS). The other 2 deaths were reported by community mental health teams. So, during April there were 5 unexpected deaths of service users in the community.
A frightening number. I'm well aware that service users are, by their nature, more prone to sudden deaths. However, I hope the investigations of these particular deaths will be thoroughly and impartially investigated. I am worried (given my own experience) that some service users in need of support might not have received it, for a variety of reasons.