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BBC News: King’s Fund – ‘Shunted around the country’ – the coalition government has actually overseen a decline in spending on mental health

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Hugh Pym of the BBC writes:

‘Shunted around the country’

The King’s Fund think tank says that the coalition government has actually overseen a decline in spending on mental health.

Its analysis suggests inflation-adjusted spending has decreased from £11.5bn in the 2010/11 financial year to £11.3 bn two years later which, given the increase in the population, they say means spending per head fell by a greater proportion.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said people would be sceptical of future promises from the deputy prime minister.

“He promised parity between mental and physical health, but ended up presiding over a situation where vulnerable people are forced to travel across the country for treatment and others kept in police cells because a short of beds.”

Of course, we in Norfolk and Suffolk know all about the Map of Shame.

Clegg’s party colleague, Norman Lamb, is our duplicitous local MP for North Norfolk, who:

[Click on the blue text to find out more about each example of Lamb’s duplicity]

Norman Lamb is a wolf in sheep’s clothing; his claim to be a champion of those who rely on mental health services is nauseating.

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2 thoughts on “BBC News: King’s Fund – ‘Shunted around the country’ – the coalition government has actually overseen a decline in spending on mental health

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    Terry Skyrme says:

    The hypocrisy of our politicians knows no bounds. Wednesday’s EDP reported on the tragic death of a young man discharged from mental health services who died while walking at night in the middle of the road. He was described as being overcome by social problems. More and more young people are being referred to the Trust’s crisis team becoming suicidal because of poverty, homelessness, unemployment etc; the case for social work input in the Crisis Team has never been greater, but the Trust has allowed the number of social workers to reduce from 5 to 2, as a result of secondments, long-term sicknes and maternity leave. No replacements have been forthcoming for the last 12 months. On top of this we have the disintegration of health and social care with social workers due to be transferred to Norfolk County Council in October, and surprise surprise this is being used as an opportunity to cut the establishment of social workers in CRHT from 5 to 3. Norfolk CC are insisting that social workers revert to their core statutory tasks of CCA assessments etc. There will be little time for the kind of preventive work that can help young people who are homeless, have no benefits and little prospect of work.

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  2. m says:

    The whole system is now completely falling apart.  Of course the problems have been there from day one, and warned of, at least 18 months  before this.  Now the entire system is backing up, with no acute beds, no Alternative To Admission beds, (ATA), which have never worked from the beginning either. ( How can a residential home operate like an acute ward….yet that is what exactly the trust expects..with struggling dementia Intensive Support Teams to try and prop them up). And when they can’t, middle managers, and the team’s themselves get the blame.  Staff are now at breaking point…does the trust care…no not at all…patients dying, ‘ being left sectioned at home’, because the nearest private bed is in Cheshire and no private ambulance to take them to it, and of course the poor  desperate relatives. Trust’s response….nothing. Norman Lamb’s response, platitudes and little else. Its a complete disgrace, with no one at the top taking the blame, and those that were the planners ‘moving on’ to new jobs.  I’m guessing they’d have  accepted the accolades had this ridiculous Radical Redesign had worked, but it didn’t, as predicted, and those responsible have ‘dodged’ the blame, and the Board’s response is to hire more PR people. DISGRACEFUL

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