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Rethink response to CQC report on Mental Health Act

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More grim news being highlighted by Rethink.

https://www.rethink.org/media-centre/2015/02/rethink-mental-illness-response-to-cqc-report-on-mental-health-act

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2013/14 report, which shows that the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act has increased by 6% since 2012/13.

It also reveals that the number of beds available in mental health wards has decreased by 8% since 2010, and that 175 children were treated on adult mental health wards last year.

In response, Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said:

“This report paints a really troubling picture of how badly people are being let down by a mental health system which is desperately overstretched.

“We’re deeply concerned that the number of people held under the Mental Health Act, or placed under Community Treatment Orders, continue to increase, while the number of mental health beds available is dropping. We’re also really worried that so many children are being inappropriately treated on adult wards, which can extremely be traumatising and damaging, and can seriously affect their chances of getting better. All these factors show that the system is straining at the seams, and failing to meet the needs of people with serious mental health problems.

“Another major issue highlighted in the report is that far too many people are being unnecessarily locked up in isolation on mental health wards. That suggests that mental health professionals are prioritising managing risk, rather than focusing on helping people get better.

“We need to see a change in culture in the mental health system, with a greater respect for people’s liberty and rights, and a stronger focus on helping people recover.

“But the biggest problem is that mental health services are chronically underfunded, and urgently require much more funding. Everyone who needs a hospital bed should be able to get one. But we also need to see much more investment in quality crisis care, and in preventative mental health care like early intervention services, which help recover from a first episode of mental illness.

“We urge commissioners to act on this report by ensuring that their community has the resources required to meet need, otherwise people with mental illness will continue to get a raw deal”.
 
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Again, more important points being raised by Rethink but will it make a difference?
We'll have to wait and see...
 
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