Over 20,000 sexual assault allegations in NHS mental health
Summary: The Independent's investigation revealed over 20,000 allegations of sexual assault and harassment in 30 NHS England mental health trusts since 2019. Cases include a patient impregnated by a staff member, children groomed by healthcare assistants, and a patient raped while sedated. Politicians demand action, with concerns raised about the safety of mental health wards. The NHS lacks mandatory sexual safety standards. Private hospitals are accused of "closing ranks" when allegations are made.