A health minister has reacted to new figures that revealed many patients in Suffolk have gone missing, by saying that hospitals may need to consider tighter security systems and measures.
Indeed, a freedom of information request showed that 2,029 people went missing from clinics and secured wards between 2007 and 2012 in the county, which is a rate of one patient every 12 days.
"There are some things that may have to be looked into and they might have to further tighten up procedures to make sure people are stopped from escaping," said junior health minister and Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter.
Debbie White, director of operations in Suffolk at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, told EADT24 the hospitals in the area treat patient safety very seriously.
She explained that the trust monitors each of the missing person incidents carefully in the hope of identifying ways in which action can be taken to ensure all patients can be protected from harm.