Electroconvulsive Therapy Being Used on Teens in NHS Trusts

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From Sky News. Thousands of patients with mental health issues, including teenagers, are being given electroconvulsive therapy despite links to brain damage.

Labour has branded it “deeply concerning” after Sunday Mirror figures revealed that 5,165 patients aged 16 to 98 were given the therapy between 2016 and 2018.

Although the exact number of children treated with it is not known, a report seen by the Sunday paper indicates one in six NHS trusts had used ECT on under-18s.

Barbara Keeley, shadow minister for mental health, said: “The use of electroconvulsive therapy on children and young people with mental health conditions by NHS trusts is deeply concerning and warrants immediate investigation by the government and NHS England. Even in adults this treatment ought to be a last resort.”

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