Instead of talking therapies, lets shock them: Rise in electric therapy for treating mentally ill – Driving staff away.

The Health Services of the UK are understaffed in many (all?) areas. Nurses, Psychologists, Counsellors, Radiographers are considering their positions… Some may move abroad.. Rationing by deliberate undercapacity and restricting their income drives staff into the private world, or abroad.

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Kat Kay reports in The Times 19th April 2017: Rise in electric therapy for treating mentally ill

The NHS is increasingly turning to electroconvulsive therapy to treat patients with serious mental health problems.

In 2015-16, 22,600 ECT treatments were carried out, a rise of 11 per cent from the 20,400 in 2012-13. The number of patients treated also rose — to more than 2,200 — as did the average number of treatments per patient, from 9.6 in 2012-13 to 10.1 in 2015-16. The data, obtained by The Guardian, covers 44 NHS health trusts in England.

“I think [ECT] should be on the increase because it has been underused for years,” Tim Oakley, of the ECT Accreditation Service and a clinical director at the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS trust, told the newspaper. “There are some patients who would respond very well to ECT who perhaps don’t get it as quickly as they should or don’t get it at all for various reasons. In terms of getting people better, particularly for depression where everything else fails, it is still the best treatment.”

A 2014/15 survey of patients found that 91.5 per cent improved after treatment and 1.7 per cent became worse. However, Mind, the mental health charity, warns that the therapy, which involves passing electricity through the brain, can have side effects including memory loss, poor concentration and dizziness. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence advises that it should be used as a last resort.

Nurses vote on strike action after NHS pay cuts leave staff ‘struggling to make ends meet’ – The Independent

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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