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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 September 2013
TV review: Failed by the privatising NHS
Josh Asker , Southampton Socialist Party
A recent BBC documentary "Failed by the NHS" shows the inability of the NHS and the government to help young people suffering from mental illness. Despite 1,600 young people taking their lives every year, services have been cut.
In times of austerity, unemployment and service cuts increase the pressures on young people. Depression and anxiety are four to ten times more prevalent among people who have been unemployed for over 12 weeks.
In the last two years the number of psychiatric beds has been cut by 2,000. This often leads to people with mental health problems being detained in police cells.
In 2011/12 more than 9,000 people were detained in cells under the mental health act, where by law they can be detained for three days.
Even some police chiefs complain that about a fifth of their time is spent dealing with mentally unwell people.
Government cuts have been particularly devastating for young people with mental illness. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, treating people aged under 18, has suffered a two-thirds funding reduction since 2010.
Meanwhile suicide rates are increasing. The number of people taking their own lives rose 8% between 2010 and 2011.
This government consistently picks on the sections of society where people are less likely to speak up. People suffering from mental illness are likely to be among the most vulnerable and isolated.
The NHS was a monumental gain achieved through working class struggle. But policies of privatisation carried through by Labour and now the Con-Dems and the brutal effects of austerity mean the service is consistently being undermined.
A socialist NHS would reverse privatisation initiatives and invest in services required to meet all our needs.
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In The Socialist 11 September 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Let's organise an autumn of action against austerity
NSSN rally calls for mass action to stop the cuts
Disaffiliate from pro-capitalist Labour
Teaching unions prepare for campaign of autumn strikes
TUC congress dominated by questions of joint action and links to Labour Party
Save our NHS!
The government's Alice in Wongaland recovery
Zero faith in Labour on zero-hours
Their homes ... & Ours
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Bolton victory shows we can beat the bedroom tax
Large counter-demo against racist EDL
Merseyside People's Assembly - A lost opportunity
Reinvigorate the student movement: Protest, occupy, strike for our education
International socialist news and analysis
Chile 1973: The other '9/11'
Obama's drums of war fail to win support for Syria strike
Socialist Party workplace news
Housing workers strike again
Yorkshire Ambulance: The battle against union derecognition
POA members hold meeting outside HMP Leeds
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reviews
Art review: The vanity of small differences
TV review: Failed by the privatising NHS
Book review: Capital - in Manga!
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