Embracing Neverland

Mental health……………………………………………………………………………..the journey is our own

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Posted by ahaanews on March 8, 2007

Patients with Mental Illness Not Getting Help  John Carver article December 7

Tens of thousands of people going through a severe mental health crisis are being deprived of the NHS treatment and support that was promised by the government, parliament’s spending watchdog disclosed today.

The National Audit Office said many people with psychosis, severe depression or anxiety could avoid the stress and stigma of being admitted to a psychiatric ward if they were provided with appropriate care at home. The government promised in 2002 to set up 335 crisis resolution home treatment (CRHT) teams across England to assess everyone in the early stages of an acute psychiatric illness.

The NAO found the NHS spent £183m on providing the service in 2006-07, but it failed to reach half the 84,700 people who ended up in a psychiatric ward.

Although the NHS succeeded in setting up 335 CRHT teams, almost a third had no consultant psychiatrist and more than half did not include approved social workers, as the government required.

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