Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Liberal Democrats On GP Surgeries & Mental Health

On standards in GP surgeries: Patients have a right to expect the best care from their GP practice. That's why we have introduced this new, tougher system of inspection which will root out poor standards and celebrate the best.

The new chief inspector will champion the views of patients, giving them more information so they can make better informed choices about services. Patients have a right to know about poor standards of care.

On mental health: It is completely unacceptable for local commissioners to disadvantage mental health in the allocation of funds to local health services. This completely conflicts with the Government’s clear position that there must be parity of esteem – equality – between mental and physical health. This must be a priority for NHS England to address.

We have committed to introducing waiting time limits for mental health to bring to an end the institutional bias against mental health in terms of access standards.

However, the BBC figures do not show the full picture, they only show spending by mental health trusts they surveyed. In fact, spending on mental health services by the NHS is going up. In 2012-13, £8.8bn was spent on secondary healthcare for mental illness in adults and children compared to £8bn in 2010-11 and £2.8 bn in 1997-98.