Staff cuts and bed shortages, in the face of increasing demand, pose questions about the credibility of the NHS “parity of esteem” policy for mental health services.
Nurses warn of mental health services strain. London: BBC Health News, November 23rd 2014.
“Despite pledges to improve mental health care, and in particular move towards more community services, the last four years have seen a drop of more than 3300 posts in mental health nursing across the UK… Since 2010, around 1500 available beds were lost from the system in England alone. This represents a reduction of 6 per cent at a time when demand rose by 30 per cent”.
This relates to:
Frontline First. Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), November 19th 2014.