New figures reveal half of CCGs plan to reduce proportion of their budgets spent on mental health
Cash-strapped Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England said they will reduce the proportion of their budgets spent on offering mental health support in 2017/18, despite previous commitments from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that spending would increase.
Shilpa Ross Senior Researcher, Policy It’s been almost a year since the Fund called for a national quality improvement strategy for the NHS in England. We argued that there needs to be greater emphasis on developing cultures that are committed to continuous improvement and a focus on ‘reform from within’ – appealing to the intrinsic motivation […]
Delivering the PM’s pledge should not rest on the shoulders of overstretched staff, it must be backed with appropriate resources
The prime minister, Theresa May, has pledged to tackle mental health stigma as part of her vision for her “shared society”. May announced plans to transform the way mental illness is dealt with not in our hospitals but in classrooms, at work and in our communities. The initiative has been largely welcomed, although there is concern that this is yet another governmental policy that hinges on goodwill rather than identifiable resource.
In a move that could have important ramifications for health and social care services across the UK, the New Year will see the creation of the first merged health and social care organisation.
By : Mark Gould In a move that could have important ramifications for health and social care services across the UK, the New Year will see the creation of the first merged health and social care organisation. From January 1st, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS […]
Local authorities are spending less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health services, new data has revealed today. A freedom of information request by Mind found that the amount allocated by councils to prevent mental health problems has fallen for the last three years, from 1.4% to 0.9%. The mental health charity […]
Richard Vautrey, from the BMA, said: "I'm a bit concerned if the clinical commissioning group does not believe that patients should be fully involved and fully informed about what is happening for their care.
Tyne & Wear The move is aimed at reducing hospital admissions There is concern that patients in County Durham have not been notified that GPs must now ask a private company to decide on referrals to specialists. North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group has awarded a contract to About Health, which will advise on the […]
James Evison Increased funding for mental health services has not been provided across the country, and services are ‘under threat’, according to a new report by the King’s Fund. The health think-tank claims its analysis shows 40% of mental health trusts actually saw income fall in 2015/16 rather than grow, despite commitment from central government […]
Thomas Szasz: Does mental illness exist? A conversation with Thomas Szasz. Filmed at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health where he discusses ‘does mental illness exist? “If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”–Thomas S. Szasz. Wednesday 10 Th September, 2014 Thomas S. Szasz received […]
Plymouth GP prescribes nutritional drinks to patients who can't afford food
By: ALEX WOOD Follow on Twitter @MrAlexWood Dr Richard Ayres has started prescribing nutritional drinks to his patients at the Cumberland Surgery A Plymouth GP has resorted to prescribing nutritional drinks to his patients as “more and more” struggle to pay for food. Dr Richard Ayres, who works at the Cumberland Surgery in Devonport, […]