BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Sharp budget cuts are affecting mental health services which are in danger of putting patients at risk, as reported in a new analysis.
According to King’s Fund think tank, poor quality in mental health programs is increasingly prevalent, with less than a fifth of patients assessing the care they had received during a crisis was appropriate. The research organization said these services are under enormous pressure to keep their standards in quality of care with the never-ending cuts in budget.
In the same manner, chief executive of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network Stephen Dalton waved a red flag regarding mental health policy in England, saying that a “yawning gap” has installed between the rhetoric and reality. In other words, it’s a popular subject to be repeatedly discussed, but there is action to back it up.
Dalton talked to Radio 4, comparing the current situation with a spectator show, with the concerned authorities – including NHS England and the Prime Minister – standing on the sidelines and just talking about how things should be. While they’re busy doing that, local services are trying to make ends meet with no new funding and drastic cuts.
The study reveals that cuts to social and mental health care are the source of some dreadful stories of vulnerable people in need of such services. As a matter of fact, more and more people complain that poor experience of mental health care in the community has done nothing but increase.
In spite of the lack of “robust data,” the King’s Fund warned that trying to reduce costs is often linked with poor patient care, including the so-called transformation programs. While they have resulted in costs reductions, the transformation programs are often in detriment of patient care, resulting in reduced access to services.
Mental health services are in dire need of focusing on improving practice without reducing the quality of care, which must be done by stable funding instead of further cuts to budgets. In order to do that, Mr. Dalton explained there has to be a complete shift in the management of new funding.
Investment shouldn’t have to go through “multiple layers of uncoordinated bureaucracy” before reaching the front line of provision they. The ultimate focus should be investing in delivering care for the most vulnerable people, even if that means redeveloping a new range of services in the community.
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