services in UK are "model" for Europe, says WHO regional
health services in the UK are a "model" for the rest of
Europe, the regional adviser for mental health at the World Health
Organisation has said.
In an interview with the Guardian, Matt Muijen pointed out that
the UK has a higher mental health spend as a proportion of total
health funding than other countries (5.5% is the European average
versus 11-13% in the UK)
is so much money [in England] in mental health," said Muijen.
story I'm not telling here is that everything is perfect in England
and it is awful everywhere else," he said.
"But what has surprised me is the leadership role of England
in Europe. What we are not aware of in England is to what extent
we are the model for Europe."
Before joining the World Health Organisation two-and-a-half years
ago Muijen was chief executive of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental
Muijen said of England that "no other country has a standardised
form of care" that spans community teams, outreach, early intervention,
rehabilitation teams or a range of residential settings. The number
of active user groups in England is also ahead of other countries,
Muijen said of the shift in treatment towards community care: "The
whole quality control in that process, the roll out, the acceptance
by practitioners, has really been very impressive. I think, in retrospect,
it was handled very well."
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