The Guardian view on mental health: saving lives requires money and monitoring | Editorial

Lessons are not being learned from the deaths of hundreds of mental health patients, despite the warnings of coronersMore than 270 mental health patientshave died over the last six years after failings in NHS care. These cases are more devastating to those who loved these people because in many cases the deaths could have been prevented; better care might have saved them. Too often, services did not respond to the concerns of GPs, families, and patients themselves. The Guardian ’s figures,drawn from coroners ’ warnings– known as reports to prevent future deaths – are if anything conservative. A forthcoming report on the issue from the NHS ombudsman is expected to raise similar issues.There is no doubt that services are overstretched. In one in six of the cases, coroners linked the deaths to thelack of staff, beds and specialist services, or to long delays for treatment. Mental health services have been desperately underfunded for too long, and the promised increase in spending is insufficient given the historic shortfall and the surge in demand. The current government, and the coalition before it, promised to prioritise mental health; these figures show how little progress has been made. A leaked green paper recently revealed that the promise of a maximum four-week wait for children (currently left as long as 18 months without care)will not be fully implemented until 2021 due to lack of staff and funding. A dearth of early intervention also leads ...
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Source: The British Journal of Psychiatry for Mental Science - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Br J Psychiatry Source Type: research
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