Government accused of ’empty promises’ on mental health as NHS plans to slash funding

New figures reveal half of CCGs plan to reduce proportion of their budgets spent on mental health

Government accused of ’empty promises’ on mental health as NHS plans to slash funding

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.

Who pays the penalty when mental health services fail?

Moira Tombs will be speaking at Community Care Live London in September about how the mental health system let her down. Her shocking story will make you re-evaluate what you know about safeguarding

Who pays the penalty when mental health services fail?

I have personal experience of being the subject of a safeguarding alert. My story highlights why the six guiding principles of safeguarding (empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnership and accountability) matter and how failing to put them into practice can be so costly.

Tory deputy mayor: Best thing for disabled children is the guillotine

The retired GP made his sick suggestion to fellow councillors as they discussed sending the youngsters to a £3,000-a-week care home

Tory deputy mayor: Best thing for disabled children is the guillotine

The retired GP made his sick suggestion to fellow councillors as they discussed sending the youngsters to a £3,000-a-week care home

People with mental health problems made more unwell by benefits system

Mental health charity Mind has today revealed that a high proportion of people with mental health problems are being made more unwell by the benefits system. In particular, the process of being ‘sanctioned’ – having financial support cut or stopped altogether – is worsening people’s mental health.

People with mental health problems made more unwell by benefits system

Mental health charity Mind has today revealed that a high proportion of people with mental health problems are being made more unwell by the benefits system. In particular, the process of being ‘sanctioned’ – having financial support cut or stopped altogether – is worsening people’s mental health.

SALFORD MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP THAT FOUGHT MAYOR NOW RECEIVES COUNCIL VISIT

SALFORD MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP THAT FOUGHT MAYOR NOW RECEIVES COUNCIL VISIT

Five years ago the United Service Users Committee, or USUC, fought a massive campaign against cuts to mental health wellbeing drop-ins by Salford City Council and the former City Mayor, Ian Stewart.

A guide to writing your first mental health tribunal report

What are social circumstances reports and how should you go about completing one? A mental health social worker offers advice

A guide to writing your first mental health tribunal report

What are social circumstances reports and how should you go about completing one? A mental health social worker offers advice

DPO hopes mayoral election will see Manchester lead the way on disability rights

DPO hopes mayoral election will see Manchester lead the way on disability rights

A leading disabled people’s organisation (DPOs) is hoping to persuade the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester to make the region a trailblazer for disability rights in England.

Maximus ‘admits’ using brutal and dangerous suicide questions

Maximus ‘admits’ using brutal and dangerous suicide questions

One of the outsourcing giants paid to assess disabled people for their eligibility for benefits appears to have admitted that it is standard practice – approved by the government – to ask claimants with mental health conditions why they failed to take their own lives.

PIP investigation: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

PIP investigation: 100 cases, and still DWP refuses to accept the dishonest truth

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied there is any dishonesty among the healthcare professionals who carry out its benefits assessments, even though Disability News Service (DNS) has now collected 100 cases where such allegations have been made.

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