13,000 extra mental health professionals recruited to lead reform
by Angela Hussain
than 13,,000 extra mental health professionals have been recruited
into the NHS over the last eight years to lead reform of services,
a new government report emphasises.
The NHS now has 3800 consultant
psychiatrists, a rise since 1999 of more than 1300 (55%); 6800 clinical
psychologists, a rise of over 2700 (69%); and 48,400 mental health
nurses, a rise of over 9300 (24%)
is according to statistics contained in a progress report written
by Professor Louis Appleby, the government's national director for
Mental Health Ten Years On: Progress on Mental Health Care the report
lists reforms achieved since the Labour government came to power
in 1997 and released a mental health national service framework
Appleby says investment in specialist NHS mental health services
has increased by over £1.5 billion.
report also states there have been, since 1999, more than 700 new
mental health teams in the community offering home treatment, early
intervention or intensive support.
also cited a Healthcare Commission patient survey which found that
77% of community mental health patients rate their care as good,
very good or excellent.
suicide rate has also fallen to the lowest figure on record, states
between 2001 and 2005, £1.6 billion capital was spent by mental
health trusts on improvements to in-patient wards, says Appleby.
report was released as a controversial mental health bill, which
will extend powers of compulsion over the mentally ill, goes through
committee stages in the House of Commons.
fiercely criticised for its plans, the government has said it will
not accept key amendments to the bill made by the House of Lords.
Professor Louis Appleby's Mental Health progress report
Feb 28, 2006: Peers defeat government over plans to extend compulsory
plans of treatment over mentally ill
- controversial bill now due to go before MPs after Easter
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