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.

WHEC publishes women’s mental health report

This report builds on existing evidence to highlight women's experiences of poor mental health and wellbeing and their interactions with the mental health system. It also aims to identify support needs or barriers that women encounter in the process of seeking support across the voluntary and statutory sector. Whilst there are several factors that impact on women's mental health, this guiding paper focuses on women's mental wellbeing within the context of the effects of sexual violence, as well as different levels of social exclusion or marginalisation that may be experienced by black and minority ethnic (BME) women, and women affected by HIV. Please click here to view the full report or here to view the Executive Summary.

50% of GPs Charge For Sickness Benefit Appeal Evidence, Survey Shows

Half of GP surgeries are charging sick and disabled benefit claimants who request medical evidence to support a benefit appeal, a survey by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) had found.
The CAB say that this demonstrates the 'obstacles' people face when appealing against Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 'fit for work' decisions, as well as the financial difficulties experienced by sick and disabled benefit claimants in accessing their medical records.
According to the results of the survey, 50% of GP surgeries said that they charged benefit claimants for medical evidence and 61% of those said they asked their patients to pay between £10 and £50.
Shockingly, 5% said that they asked patients to pay between £50.01 and £100, while 2% charged even more.

From the Welfare News Service click HERE for full story