A eulogy to the NHS: What happened to the world my generation built?

MHNE would recommend this article to anyone concerned about the NHS and the affects the latest health and social care bill will have on it

"In 1926, Harry Leslie Smith's sister died of TB in a workhouse infirmary, too poor for proper medical care. In 1948, the creation of the NHS put a stop to all that. In an extract from his new book, Harry's Last Stand, he describes his despair at the coalition's dismantling of the welfare state"
Story by Harry Leslie Smith in The Guardian, Wednesday 4 June 2014 Click HERE to read full story

Prevent Alzheimer’s by vaccinating at 40, scientist suggests

imagesPS04WHJPThis article reports on the claim made by James Nicoll, professor of neuropathology at Southampton University, that Alzheimer's disease could be prevented by vaccinating people from the age of 40, before any symptoms emerge, During tests professor Nichols discovered that a vaccine can kick-start the immune system into action, and wipe out plaques that
stop the brain from signaling.

Story by Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent in the Telegraph 03 Jun 2014

click HERE to read full story

Patients sectioned 'because of pressure on beds'

MHNE would like to draw your attention to this disturbing story which highlights once again the problems being caused by the coalitions policy of the deduction of service provision cost from economic gain, leaving mental health services the easiest in Britain to dispose of.

Recently posted on the BBC news website this article reports the results of a survey amongst junior doctors carried out by The Royal College of Psychiatrists. With up to 1,700 mental health beds being cut and those suffering mental distress in some instances having to travel great distances to access services The college said "its findings suggested mental health services were approaching a "tipping point" and that the situation was "simply unacceptable.

The survey also suggests that critically unwell patients are being sent home because no bed can be found for them.

By Michael Buchanan Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News. Click HERE to access the full article.

Our prisons have mental health problems

"The NHS can't cope with our society's mentally ill, so the crisis is hidden behind bars" This excellent article is a scathing indictment of the government's attitude to those within the4 prison population who are experiencing mental health problems. With service provision taking a backseat to budget cuts
Story by Nick Cohen in the Observer, Saturday 31 May 2014 click HERE to read full article

England's child mental health services 'failing three-quarters of kids'

Cinderella service' hit by budget cuts and increasing demand
Only a quarter of children with mental health conditions are receiving the treatment they need, according to a study produced by the body charged with improving the health service in England.
An internal presentation, produced by NHS England and shared with the Observer, paints a picture of a service in crisis, according to one charity, because of budget cuts and increasing demand. It notes that "multiple reviews have identified the same problems".
Story by Jamie Doward in The Observer, Sunday 18 May 2014 Click HERE to read more

Dementia Friends campaign launched

PHE and Alzheimer's Society have joined forces in a major new campaign to help create a more dementia friendly society. People can become Dementia Friends by interacting with a new online video, developed by PHE as a
complement to the face to face information sessions run by Alzheimer's Society. You can find out more and watch the video here.

Care Bill becomes Care Act 2014

Royal Assent has been granted to the Care Bill and as a result it is now the Care Act 2014. The Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in over 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support and introducing a cap on how much people will have to pay for the costs of care in their lifetime. For more information, please visit the DoH website.