is two years late on mental health home treatment promise
by Chris George
government is two years late on its promise to have 100,000 people
in a mental health crisis per year benefiting from home treatment.
National Audit Office has confirmed that the Department of Health
has met its target, set in 2002, of setting up 335 crisis resolution
home treatment teams in England by 2005.
up to March this year, only 75,868 people per year were using the
service which is an alternative to being admitted to hospital. Ministers
had promised that, by 2005, 100,000 people per year would have home
Also, only half of people in a mental health crisis are ever assessed
for home treatment, stated a report by the office.
Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, which monitors
the effectiveness of public services, said crisis resolution home
treatment teams are “really beginning to prove their worth
in the NHS.”
This month there have been two other key national mental health
a Healthcare Commission census of mental health and learning disability
services in England and Wales found black and ethnic minority people
are up to three times more likely than white patients to be compulsory
admitted to psychiatric wards. This increased rate is largely due
to racism, say many academics and practitioners. In January 2005
the government launched a five-year race equality action plan in
a bid to eradicate racism in mental health services.
A second commission report - this time on NHS healthcare generally
- stated that 13.6% of independent (private or voluntary) mental
health service providers have failed to reach five or more of the
32 national standards. This is more than two times worst than independent
providers of non-mental health services.
* National Audit Office's Helping
People Through Mental Crisis
* Healthcare Commission's Count Me
In 2007 census, and State
of Healthcare 2007
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