Greater investment in providing a total package of services for people with mental health issues
Mental health continues to be the Cinderella of the NHS. Closure of wards and limited access to psychiatrists means there is greater pressure on support services which are under-funded and overstretched. The support available, i.e. CBT, is offered for such short periods to be almost of negligible value. People with mental health issues require continuity of care.
Many people with mental health problems that are on Employment support allowance are being targetted for a cut in their benefits. Evidence shows that when going for a medical not all questions are being asked concerning their health, thus reducing the points required to continue getting the benefits. Atos who are conducting the medicals are also not asking for evidence from any psychiatrists and or support staff working with the client. As far as I know there is noone mointoring how Atos work and they are being paid on results. More people they get off benefits more money is paid to Atos
Also, charities like Rethink are having (or have had) their funding cut. These charities help fill in gaps not dealt with by other services, like providing training to get back into work. Without the right help people will take longer to recover from mental illness, so potentially costing more in the long run.
Hello... I have epilepsy & anxiety spectrum disorder...i find it almost impossible to get to the point but it is only by properly talking to me that it becomes clear how ill i am... if they don't ask the right questions it will be easy to dismiss me...if i try to tell them they get nasty to me, ignore me & punish me... I am so close to the edge.... i have a daily struggle to survive & will not be able to go to all the meetings or make contracts or use the phone...they will have me wrapped round their fingers in five mins & have all sorts of promises off me that i can't keep... i don't stand a chance...
Gordon Craig commented
Should we consolidate our votes to make them count and pick a campaign that best suits the "No Confidence/ General election vote?" I personally feel no confidence says it all and should then lead to a general election.