and human rights to be basis of mental health, vows government
has pledged that “justice, equality and human rights”
will form the basis of mental health policy over the next 10 years.
The promise was in a department of health policy document called
New Horizons which was released last
outlines government mental health aims forl 2020.
ethnic minority people's "inequality" of access to, and
experience of, mental health care will "disappear” by
2020, states the document.
It also states "everyone”
will have access to high quality mental health care, and the link
between poverty and mental/physical ill health will be tackled better
than it has upto now.
promises to tackle the “root causes” of mental ill health,
and to work on mental ill health prevention and combating mental
which is out for consultation, also states there will be an expansion
of early intervention services, an increased move to personalised
care, better multi-agency collaboration and an emphasis on value-for-money
New Horizons replaces the 10-year
national service framework for mental health, launched in 1999.
Care Services Minister Phil Hope said the framework had "transformed"
mental health services.
He said: "Our aim is to build on recent achievements, whilst
simultaneously taking the next logical step – helping to prevent
mental health problems from developing in the first place. New Horizons
will help us do this."
Mr Hope said that due to investment over the last decade there are
now 64 per cent more consultant psychiatrists, 71 per cent more
clinical psychologists and 21 per cent more mental health nurses
than in 1997.
But this month the Mental
Health Act Commission reported that mental heath inpatient units
are overstretched, leading to patients "being forgotten about".
It found 30 per cent of wards were running
at more than 100 per cent occupancy, and that there is an "increasing
trend" towards acute wards being locked.
Mind's chief executive Paul Farmer
said: "This report highlights some astounding failings in delivering
even the most basic level of care."
In addition, a Care Quality Commission
report into the West London Mental Health Trust that runs Broadmoor
high-security hospital said the facility is "totally unfit
The commission said the trust
is putting patients at risk of harming themselves or others despite
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* To contribute
to the New Horizons consultation go to www.dh.gov.uk/mentalhealth.
Louise Pembroke, service user, London
August 27, 2009
If anyone can actually understand what this New
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