In the Herald today:
‘Scots mental health units rack up one injury every hour as figures reveal toll of assaults, burns and falls. Mental health units in Scotland are racking up an injury every hour among patients, staff and visitors, figures reveal. Over the past three years, psychiatric facilities recorded an average of 24 incidents a day. These ranged from assaults and accidents such as falls and trips, to substance abuse and issues with absconding and patient transport.’
One every hour? OMG that must a crisis! We better report it….in the public interest of course. Should we cheat a bit by calling all incidents, including trips and running away, ‘injuries’ in the headline? Go on. No one will notice.
Should we mention how many people aren’t ‘injured’ every hour? No? It’s not necessary?
It is quite difficult to say how many patients, staff and visitors there are in mental health units on a typical day.
However, we can say there were 3 572 inpatients being treated in NHS Scotland facilities at the March 2017 Census.
and, there were around 1 200 psychiatric and psychology staff;
and there should’ve been around 500 registered nurses;
and, based admittedly on my own visits, at least the same number of nursing assistants.
That would give something like 4 700 staff and patients but not counting drivers, catering staff and any others not mentioned. What about visitors? I know many mental health patients get none but say 1 300? So, 5 000 patients, staff and visitors as a conservative estimate?
OK, every hour an ‘injury’. Let’s use that 1/5 000 ratio to generate some headlines:
‘1 in 5 000 mental health patients, staff or visitors may have been assaulted, fallen, run away or burnt themselves every hour.’
‘0.02% of mental health patients, staff or visitors may have been assaulted, fallen, run away or burnt themselves every hour.’
Now those will have the SNP worried.