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More than 1,300 people waited longer than four weeks for an assessment from the region’s mental health trust last month, it has been revealed.

Plans for a £40m overhaul of one of the county’s largest mental health hospitals have been agreed in the hope it will help to end the current “dependence on out of area beds”.

The region’s mental health trust has admitted a letter discharging more than 300 young people from its waiting list at the start of the pandemic was not a mistake.

The mother of a teenage girl who attempted suicide after being left without mental health support during lockdown has criticised the trust for lapses in her care.

Mental health services expect to see the demand for support rise by a fifth due to the coronavirus lockdown, as patients become increasingly unwell and doctors warn of the risk of increasing suicides, it has been revealed.

The region’s mental health trust has been criticised for a “shocking” lack of beds as data revealed a fresh rise in patients being sent out of the area for treatment.

The region’s mental health trust has been criticised for discussing in private a report into its staff culture of “bullying and lack of respect” - at a meeting meant to be open to the public.

People have been told to wear face coverings in enclosed settings such as public transport and some shops, the government has announced, as it published its “road map to recovery” from the coronavirus lockdown.

The boss of the region’s mental health trust says he can “only imagine” the distress of patients placed in out-of-area beds, as he pledged to cut occupancy rates.

A man has been pronounced dead at a roadside in Thetford.

Firefighters are tackling a blaze on a Felixstowe street after five bungalows caught alight.

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