The first annual report by the NHS’s Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that fewer than half of the patients who sought NHS help last year for anxiety and depression received therapy.
While GPs made 883,968 referrals for psychological support in England in 2012-2013 only 434,247 (49 per cent) resulted in treatment…..
…Nick Clegg, devoted his party conference speech to the theme saying that by next April patients needing talking therapies will be guaranteed treatment with a maximum of 18 weeks.
Sir Simon Wessely is pleased the parties are finally taking the issue seriously, “It was brave of Nick Clegg, there aren’t many votes in it.
“We get good vibes from the top but the truth is the majority of people with mental health problems aren’t in treatment, unlike those with diabetes or cancer. My own hospital – the Maudsley – has seen reductions of 30 per cent in its budget since 2010. Four young trainees recently wrote about spending 90 hours trying to get a traumatised adolescent a bed.” He can’t deny that the public could now also be at greater risk.
“Psychiatrists are in the business of risk management – our job is balancing the health and freedom of the individual against the risk to others – and it makes managing risk harder when there is less money.”
One of the worst aspects of Psychiatric care is that talking therapies have been added to the 50 million prescriptions per year, rather than replaced them. It would be rationing overtly to say that mild or moderately depressed patients “HAD” to have talking therapies first…. Another problem is the Friday afternoon virtual closure of units…