There have been two special inquiries directly concerned with mental health services for deaf people. Unfortunately, both these inquiries followed incidents where someone was killed by a deaf person. Both inquiries suggested improvements that could be made to health services. When examining local health services
it is useful to see whether the recommendations have been made. If they have not, then a health service provider should obviously have a very good reason for not implementing them.
Both of these inquiries provided a lot of background details. These are very useful for giving a flavour of the difficulties faced by deaf people in accessing services.