Mental health patients who miss two or more GP appointments within the space of a year are eight times more likely to die in the subsequent 18 months than those who miss none, a study suggests.

The University of Glasgow study looked at 274,547 patients with long-term mental health conditions, at surgeries across Scotland between 2013 and 2016.

Of those who missed appointments, 32.1% were addicted to alcohol and drugs.

And among those who subsequently died, the

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