More than 1,000 patients in mental health hospitals across Scotland have escaped in the last five years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

In many of the cases police, and sometimes sniffer dogs, were involved in returning the patients to their hospitals.

Deadline News Agency report:

PATIENTS have escaped from Scottish mental hospitals an “astonishing” 1000 times in just five years.

Vulnerable dementia sufferers as well as people detained under the mental health act were among at least 1,067 patients to go missing from medium and low risk units across the country.

And the total is likely to be much higher as Scotland’s largest health board – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – failed to provide information despite a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.