Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Children and Mental Health Services is the most `creaking` part of the mental health sector

"NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens last month told a conference that CAMHS was the `most creaking` part of the mental health sector."

"It has been hit hard by Government-imposed austerity cuts, despite Downing Street promises to improve mental health services for youngsters with one in 10 said to be sufferers."

"Information obtained under Freedom of Information laws found that in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, the number of CAMHS referrals progressing to treatment was 20%, down from 46% in 2013."

"At Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust they fell from 42% to 26%."

"Dr Karen Cox, a GP in Bristol, said: `Recently, all referrals seem to get bounced. They’ve included children who self-harm, a child who was physically abusing his mother and a child with severe night terrors after the loss of his father`."

"All of them were advised to contact local charitable organisations."

"And Dr Dominique Thompson, another Bristol GP with expertise in young people’s mental health, added that the findings show the system is `failing the next generation`."

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