A MERSEYSIDE MP once attacked in his own home by a mentally ill constituent last night branded community care a failure.
Bootle MP Joe Benton is considering calling for a parliamentary inquiry after two psychiatric patients in Liverpool were detained for life in less than a week.
Schizophrenic Mark Corner, 26, from Everton, was detained under the Mental Health Act on December 10 after admitting he had killed two prostitutes.
The previous day, Alan McDonald, 56, was jailed for life for holding his doctor at gunpoint for 17 hours at his home in Fairfield, Liverpool.
Both men were receiving community care from Mersey Care NHS Trust.
Mr Benton last night said he was shocked to hear of the two cases and demanded a meeting with Mersey Care bosses.
He said: "The whole notion of care in the community needs to be looked at.
"There is no point in putting people who are suffering from mental incapacity into the community if there is not the proper support and back up.
"There is a Mental Incapacity Bill coming up and I will look at it very closely. I will call for a parliamentary inquiry if the propos-als do not deal with these problems. I will call a meeting with Mersey Care to discuss these problems in the New Year."
Mr Benton received neck injuries after being attacked at his home by a constituent nine years ago.
He said: "I was off from work for two to three days but I did not pursue charges. Care in the community is fine and I totally support it but it has to be done properly. If not it will always be a failure."
Mersey Care Trust was formed last year. The trust's chief executive, Alan Yates, has strongly defended community care and said break-downs in the system were rare.
He added: "For the most part, these services are extraordinarily successful at sustaining people with quite high levels of need."