Recently Nick Clegg criticised how the NHS treated mental health trusts and patients. The deputy Prime minister was speaking ahead of a major conference where the government will reveal its mental health strategy.
The charity, Time To Change surveyed almost 5,000 people with mental health problems and found common problems:
- More than half said that stigma and discrimination associated with mental health was as bad or worse than the illness itself,
- More than a quarter waited for over a year to tell their family about their problem,
- Nearly a quarter of young people said discrimination and stigma stopped them going to school.
Further to this, recent reports by BBC News and the online magazine Community Care have both highlighted that hospital beds are being reduced and continuous budget cuts are being made at mental health trusts.
The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg commented that both developments were “unacceptable”.
“There are too many parts of the country that have suffered for too long with commissioners in the NHS not providing mental health services with the same support as other parts of the NHS. It is just plain wrong to treat mental health as the poor cousin to physical health in the NHS.”
The government has made parity of esteem between physical and mental health a legal obligation in the NHS, but Nick Clegg admitted that getting true equality between the two would take time.
Ringrose Law has a dedicated team of health professionals who can assist patients and their families in cases where people are detained in mental health trusts and hospitals. Please contact our Mental Health team for further information.