Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/634/10058

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 August 2010

Cuts news: Mental health services facing the axe

The NHS constitution tells us that care should be available to all based on clinical need. But watching the budget is now the primary concern. Patient care will be sacrificed. NHS services, particularly mental health services, are being viewed as though they are a privilege and not a right.

South London mental health worker

In Southwark, south London, two specialist community services - dual diagnosis (service for substance misuse) and assertive outreach service (for clients who are particularly vulnerable and cannot articulate their needs) have already been closed down.

And with very little advance notice the staff and their patients have been speedily dispatched to other teams.

Support services for the carers and families of the mentally ill in Southwark are also being centralised and cut to the bare minimum.

Families will find that they are having to face very challenging situations alone and unsupported. If community mental health teams are not completely deleted they will be centralised and merged. This will lead directly to frontline medical and nursing posts being permanently lost. Existing staff will have a much larger workload and this will further limit the time they have available to support each patient.

Frontline clinical staff (doctors, occupational therapists, nurses) already find that too much of their time is tied up with form-filling and dealing with 'over bureaucracy'.

Specialist services, such as occupational therapy, vocational officers, community engagement officers, are also at risk of being axed.

Cuts to funding mean patients will find it even harder to get the support they need from the overstretched community mental health teams.

This will lead to increased stress for the patient and the possibility of more frequent relapses and hospital admissions.

Community mental health teams will end up 'fire fighting' and dealing with mental health emergencies.

People with mental health problems will become trapped within the in-patient mental health system as the community options become eroded and many will become 'revolving door' patients.

The repeated admission of a patient, apart from being extremely costly, is demoralising for the patient and the in-patient staff who will end up feeling that their efforts make no positive difference to the patient or his/her life.

As mental health services get cut to ribbons, the patient will end up merely being contained, with little else on offer, while they get over the acute stage of their condition.

Ward teams will feel far less confident to take a 'therapeutic risk' and discharge their patients in a timely fashion if there is evidence that the patient will not be well supported in the community by well-trained and well-resourced community teams offering a range of specialist services.

Cutting mental health services and community services in particular is a retrograde step for psychiatry.

It is in everyone's interest that people with mental health problems (one in four of us according to statistics) are adequately supported, preferably within their home environments and integrated into the wider community.

If people shouldering the burden of severe and enduring mental illness, are left isolated and unsupported by mental health services their risk to themselves and others will escalate.

The mainstream media will latch onto and publicise any violent act committed by someone who has mental health problems.

What should be known and acknowledged is that there are many people with diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder etc who are leading full, happy lives within their communities but who are also receiving consistent, high quality support from community mental health teams.

Lack of financial investment in community mental health services is a false economy and this will only lead to other more personally devastating costs being borne by the patient, their carers and the wider community.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

In The Socialist 4 August 2010:

We need 'biggest movement since poll tax'


Anti-cuts campaign

'Radical' cuts require serious action

Waltham Forest's Labour council faces opposition

Coventry campaigners fight cuts of 140 million

Swansea trades council leads battle for services

Campaigners answer Bristol's 'Big Conversation'

Cuts news: Mental health services facing the axe

NSSN pledged to fight cuts


War and occupation

Troops out now!

Afghanistan: US strategy in disarray


Accademies

Oppose divisive academies policy


Workplace news and analysis

Talks resume at British Airways

Angry workers strike over pay freeze and bosses' bonuses

Fighting fire service cuts

Witch-hunted Unison activist wins tribunal


Workplace Debate

Unite general secretary election


Youth fight for jobs

We won't be a lost generation, fight for jobs and education!

No to privatisation of our universities

For real jobs, not slave labour


Environment and socialism

Profiting from wrecking the environment

Stop the Cardiff incinerator

Save Wanstead Flats


Tamil Solidarity

Daily Mail admits guilt over smearing Tamil hunger striker


Socialist Party LGBT

Campaigning at Leeds Pride


Socialist Party events

Book now for the summer camp!

Socialism 2010 - a weekend of discussion and debate


International socialist news and analysis

Love Parade catastrophe was entirely preventable

Garment workers demand a living wage


Socialist Party news and analysis

Asda profiting from low pay

Tories put profits before patients

Rich just carry on getting richer

Fast news


Review & Comment

The howlers' world and ours

How the banks rip us off


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 August 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Cuts:

triangleNewham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

triangleCouncils must break austerity rules

triangleBook: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

triangleCamarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

triangleSwansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Mental health:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleTV: Young, British and Depressed - "What is wrong with our society that all these people are feeling this way?"

triangleWest London Socialist Party: The mental health crisis

triangleMidlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation

Health:

triangleCollective action becoming necessary to ensure safety and vital deliveries

triangleNew laws: Unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests

Carers:

triangleSocial care: "Not good enough by miles"

triangleHome carers victory

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

2/4/20

Royal Mail

Collective action becoming necessary to ensure safety and vital deliveries

1/4/20

Bus

Bus drivers halt sackings - now restore our pay

1/4/20

Children

Fully fund hospices to care for vulnerable children

1/4/20

Coronavirus

Help us continue to fight for workers and socialism

1/4/20

Socialist Party

Building the Socialist Party

1/4/20

CWU

Postal workers walk out over health, safety and junk mail

31/3/20

Coronavirus

Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

31/3/20

Northern Ireland

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland

31/3/20

Bin workers

Refuse collection workers strike

31/3/20

Hull

Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

31/3/20

Coronavirus

Key workers should make bold demands

31/3/20

Coronavirus

Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

31/3/20

Leicester

Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth

31/3/20

PCS

More than ever, we need accountable union leaders

31/3/20

Coronavirus

Councils must use resources now for emergency response

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999