Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/946/25329

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 April 2017

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

Mental health trusts are paid by amount of 'activity', not by successful patient outcomes, photo Bhernandez (Creative Commons)

Mental health trusts are paid by amount of 'activity', not by successful patient outcomes, photo Bhernandez (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

'Harriet Ryman', NHS mental health nurse

Cuts are putting at least 11,000 mental health patients each year at greater risk of suicide because they are not promptly followed up after leaving in-patient care. Mental health charity Mind obtained these numbers in a Freedom of Information request.

At the same time, there has been a 50% rise in deaths of people using mental health services over the last three years, according to a BBC Freedom of Information request.

The Tories have tried to explain away this increase by claiming the NHS has improved the way it is recording deaths. But any employee in a mental health setting, and any service user, can see the truth about what is happening.

These tragedies have occurred in the face of mental health trusts losing £150 million from their budgets over the previous four years.

Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb is joining Mind in calling for discharged patients to be contacted within 48 hours as a solution to the escalating problem. This is a demand that socialists should support.

But it does not go far enough to address the dangerous crisis unfolding in mental health services - which has ramifications not only for patients themselves, but for the whole of society.

In order for NHS mental health trusts to implement 48-hour follow-ups, NHS England, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the trusts themselves need massive investment in resources on the front line.

Alongside increased funding, NHS England and the CCGs should review all private contracts and so-called 'mixed models' of service provision. They must start a drive to bring all outsourced services back in-house.

The current expensive model of investing in 'leadership' is turning mental health trusts into upside-down Christmas trees. A multitude of managers harasses shrinking numbers of workers - in a system driven by meeting unrealistic financial targets instead of health outcomes.

Mental health trusts generate their income by increasing "NHS activity" - admitting, assessing, screening and then rapidly discharging patients over a brief timespan.

Worryingly, the management view is that even if the same patients get discharged and then quickly readmitted, it doesn't matter. It all shows up as 'activity' and so the trust gets paid more by the CCG.

This attitude goes against the principles of the "recovery model" - where patients are helped to manage their mental conditions, and return to fullest possible functioning in society.

NHS trusts argue that they are meeting "access targets." But the question about what the patient is receiving within the NHS needs to be raised by health unions.

Shut out

There is an increasing trend towards managing patients off waiting lists by rejecting them from mental health services, sending them "opt-in letters" and "signposting" them to services that charge. This means an increasing number of vulnerable people are shut out of mental health services altogether.

Tory and Blairite policies mean rising poverty and inequality, and the rates of mental illness will increase as a result. The correlation between inequality and mental illness has been researched by the epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, who presented their findings in the book 'The Spirit Level'.

Any sincere effort to address mental illness in society must address the increasingly harsh material realities NHS patients - and workers - struggle under.

Fighting on policies like these could rally even greater numbers of NHS workers and service users to Jeremy Corbyn's campaign.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 26 April 2017:


What we think

A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories


Socialist Party news and analysis

40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Benefit bullies

Refugee rescue

Tory trouble

What we saw


May Day

The real origins of May Day


International socialist news and analysis

Mélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force


Socialist Party workplace news

Strikes can end nurses' poverty pay

Len McCluskey re-election - a defeat for the right

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

Forest Hill School demonstration

Workplace news in brief


20 years since Blair's election

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jobstown trial begins - call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Protests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Doncaster TUSC: TUSC's programme for local jobs and Services

Peter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

East London tenants fight 40% rent hike


Socialist Party comments and reviews

The Socialist inbox


May Day greetings


Solidarity greetings in the Socialist for International Workers' Day 2017


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 April 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Mental health:

triangleVital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council to step in

triangle40% of England's psychiatric wards are 'unsafe'

triangleFight the Tory cuts and changes that take mental health back to Bedlam

triangleTories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

triangleSheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"

Profit:

triangleMarx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis

triangleGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

triangleThem & Us

triangleBBC yawning pay gaps revealed

Health:

triangleWorkers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report

triangleBarts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

triangleThree London strikes coordinate demos

Cuts:

triangle'Ana Key MP' - Socialist artist responds to attacks

triangleHow much reserves have councils got?

Bureaucracy:

triangleVenezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

NHS:

triangleThe stress and hardship faced by nurses

Trusts:

triangleNHS secret cuts plans exposed

Tories:

triangleManchester: national Tories Out demo

Inequality:

triangleInflation: Workers lose out - time for action

Unions:

triangleSouth-East London Socialist Party: The struggle for fighting trade unions

Nationalise:

triangle900 carers quit a day - nationalise social care now

Poverty:

triangleEnd poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

9/8/17

Pay

Striking back against poverty pay

9/8/17

Finance

Global finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

9/8/17

Mental health

40% of England's psychiatric wards are 'unsafe'

8/8/17

Venezuela

Venezuela shows battle Corbyn would face

31/7/17

Trade union

Government's tribunal fees defeat

26/7/17

Debt

Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

26/7/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

26/7/17

Homelessness

Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories

26/7/17

BBC

BBC yawning pay gaps revealed

26/7/17

Brexit

Right wing attempts to use single market against Corbyn

25/7/17

PCS

Court victory for PCS and all trade unions

19/7/17

Education

Education cuts: Tories buckling under public pressure

12/7/17

Refugees

G20 betrays refugees created by its own policies

12/7/17

Anti-austerity

This bosses' government must go

12/7/17

Trade unions

The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Aug Vital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council...

triangle17 Aug Birmingham bin workers - fighting back wins!

triangle15 Aug US: neo-Nazi violence reawakens resistance

triangle9 Aug Angry bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

triangle9 Aug Young, angry and fighting back

triangle9 Aug Striking back against poverty pay

triangle9 Aug Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of...

More ...

triangle22 Aug Derby Socialist Party: Israel/Palestine - one state or two?

triangle23 Aug Salford Socialist Party: Why Marxism opposes terrorism

triangle23 Aug Hackney Socialist Party: Northern Ireland - the DUP deal and Brexit

triangle23 Aug South-East London Socialist Party: USA - The fight against Trump and the struggle for a socialist alternative

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2