Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Mental health services in crisis Magic Money Tree needed


I listened to radio four this evening as I waited for Heather to get fish n chips from Holly lane chippy. It was a program about the recent deaths of patients under care of the BUS mental health services. There were interviews with parents care givers and all manner of associated people. All had the same message. The service is broken, under funded and in chaos. I don't use the word chaos lightly, I mean it in it's full meaning of the word. Several different people from opposite ends of the country and I am saying North South East and West plus central England came to the same conclusion, the services had been promised more money more staff more beds, in short more of everything and nothing had materialized. Not ever over astounding periods of time.
One nurse had left recently because she was overwhelmed with her own inadequacies and her manager tried to say since her leaving many changes had taken place. In weeks that is most unlikely, she left because the system was broken but the manager in his best manager speak tried to gloss it over. Parent of youngsters with their whole lives ahead of them spoke of avoidable deaths. Bad communication failings to assess and the NHS releasing patients because they had no beds, and these patients went on to take their own lives. And this wasn't isolated instances it was widespread!
Both Cameron and May have give lip service to Mental health but if these deaths and abuses in care are to end the Government needs to stump up some serious funding. Money that is ring fenced for the mental health services, not cash that can be plundered to make up for underfunded services elsewhere in hospital. This has happened time and time again. Government s are masters at slite of hand when cash is concerned, they can announce new funding many times making any number sound greater than it actually is.
I heard a very good analogy yesterday, the person was offered a raise and a promotion for arguments sake a 1.50 when the next discussion came 1'50 became 100 and then the actual job was to pay 50 three slites of hand and the person who had been offered the promotion said no and said "smiles and kind words won't pay my shopping bills"
The Government work in the same way, they announce new money three times but only allocate one third of what people think is being offered.

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