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Inside: Bristol’s Private Mental Health Services

As NHS mental health beds remain in short supply, the private sector fills the gaps, but there are concerns about standards of care and accountability.

This series will investigate poor care and explore why huge private companies are being paid by the NHS to care for people in most need.

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Improvements at Priory Hospital Bristol after serious issues revealed last year

The private psychiatric hospital has taken urgent action following a damning inspection and ward closures in 2020. 

Local mental health trust misses deadline to stop sending people far away from home, data shows

Bristol to go even longer without mental health beds for children

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

‘It felt like a prison’: Teenager reveals traumatic time on private Bristol mental health ward

Paige speaks out about her experience of the ward at the privately-run Priory Hospital Bristol a year before it closed down.

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Private mental health hospital has serious problems, say inspectors

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Another private mental health ward for children has closed. Now Bristol has no residential beds.

Revealed: The true story behind the closure of privately-run mental health ward at Priory Bristol

Workers from a children’s ward at Priory Hospital Bristol speak out about regular incidents of self-harm and alleged attacks on staff, following a six-month Cable investigation.

Inside: Young and pregnant in a mental health hospital for the first time

A young pregnant woman detained under the Mental Health Act for the first time shares her experience of being sent miles away from home. Both mum and daughter tell their story of navigating through the complex mental health system.

Revealed: Private mental health ward for children in Bristol to close

The Priory Bristol says staffing problems are the reason behind the closure of Banksy ward, the only of its kind in south west England.

Opinion: ‘The NHS sends too many mental health patients to hospital for expensive, ineffective care’

People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

Losing myself: my experiences of psychiatric hospitals

My time in hospitals kept me alive when I was unable to do that myself, but it came with its own set of wounds. Now, I want to be part of changing the system.

Revealed: Failures in care for man who took his life at private mental health unit

Dominic Vickars was just 25 when he died while at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Weston-super-Mare, a private hospital part-funded by the NHS. Using evidence from the inquest and accounts from his family, we tell the story of how he was let down.

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