Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

An assault on NHS staff is an assault on us all

NHS services have been singled out for a £2 billion funding boost in the budget NHS services have been singled out for a £2 billion funding boost in the budgetRUI VIEIRA PA
Celia Hoffman | 01 November, 2018, 10:32

"But the fact remains that the extra £20 billion for the NHS that Theresa May announced in June - and yesterday;s pledge comes from that pot - is nowhere near enough to heal the wounds caused by eight years of Tory cuts to our health service".

"It's become clear that the mental health crisis warrants a significant commitment if we are to tackle the problem and improve services across the country".

UNISON Eastern regional secretary Chris Jenkinson said: "For too long mental health has been a poor relation in the NHS, so this extra funding and new crisis services are welcome".

Camden Council is proud to provide essential services that support our communities. Mental health crises often arise because opportunities to help people sooner were missed, or because of difficulties with money, accommodation or relationships.

The Chancellor also pledged further investment in schools, building on previous announcements about the creation of new "mental health support teams". "And regrettably, the Chancellor's speech failed to disclose any new details about the policy reforms that will introduced in support of mental health services - merely reiterating what had already been announced in the lead up to the Budget". "We hope that it will have a direct impact on the people who need it most - vulnerable members of our society".

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Paramedics alongside mental health workers are some of the first to be provided with body cameras in order to reduce the violence. Worldwide research shows that with effective help and support, many more people with mental health difficulties can get and keep employment. A report by the Public Accounts Committee earlier this month found that the government is still "a long way" from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care as a funding squeeze on local government has stalled progress on integrated care.

While he described the extra funding as a "positive step", Cygnet Health Care CEO Tony Romero said that "for those who are chronically mentally ill the answer to providing the best treatment and care lies not in more acute hospital beds, but in rehabilitation within a community setting - and this is where the £650 million is most urgently needed".

"As the third-largest health profession, pharmacists working across the NHS can play a key role in closing the gap between people's physical and mental health". Yet the sad truth is that that something experienced by many NHS staff.

The soon-to-published 10-year NHS plan will see the introduction of a new mental health crisis service, which will see teams placed in accident and emergency units across the country, and the introduction of a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline. I have seen some harrowing examples myself. But let no-one be in any doubt about the challenges ahead - rising demand, a monumental workforce crisis and an urgent need to change the way services are delivered - will make the next few years very tough indeed.

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