Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Mental health - Another example of Labour failing the vulnerable

. The Times reports that children and teenagers are still being treated in adult psychiatric wards despite a government commitment that this would end by November. It carries news of a report by charity Young Minds and the Children’s Commissioner, Sir Al Aynsley-Green. The report, entitled Out of the Shadows says that only 15% of health trusts have complied with the governments wishes. Shockingly, it also says that 72 % of inpatient referrals are turned away.

Research by the Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests that about a third of the 3,000 or so children and teenagers admitted for inpatient psychiatric treatment each year end up on adult wards. Health trusts are also failing in terms of making special provision for younger in-patients;

"Fewer than one in four trusts allocates young people a key worker with any training in children’s mental health. The report says that is a serious concern.

Less than half comply with guidance that young people must be given information on what medication they receive, for how long they will have it and possible side-effects."

So, yet another example of Labour's big ideas being short on delivery.

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