Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Nov 19, 2016 20:38:24 GMT
'Mental health services at breaking point' as ministers urged to take action over 'enduring injustice'
NHS figures show death rate for those suffering from serious mental illness has risen every year since 2009
By Jack Blanchard 19th November 2016
Mental Health services are at 'breaking point' (Photo: Getty)
Deaths among people with serious mental illness have soared, prompting calls for ministers to take action.
NHS figures show the mortality rate for people with serious mental illnesses has risen every year since 2009/10, from 330 people per 100,000 to 370 this year.
The last nine Health Secretaries signed a letter calling for support in next week’s Autumn Statement.
The warning, signed by every Labour and Tory Health Secretary from Ken Clarke in 1988 through to Andrew Lansley in 2012, says that despite “warm words” from Ministers those suffering mental health problems suffer “enduring injustice” in the NHS.
“We are alarmed and dismayed,” the politicians state.
“Despite promised increases in funding, mental health trusts are still suffering cuts.
“Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45, people in crisis are still routinely shunted across the country in search of a hospital bed, children with eating disorders are too often turned away from services, and there is a growing mental health crisis among young women.”