Paper for Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) 14.10.14, to be presented under informal questions
by John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd Hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997, firstname.lastname@example.org 13.10.14
As you know, 8 years ago (in 2006) the last Labour government brought in the Improving Access
to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to end the Prozac nation, but antidepressant
prescribing has since doubled, with over 4 million people on them against NICE guidelines.
Nearly 5 years ago (on 21.1.10) the last Labour government brought in the NHS Constitution,
which gives patients the statutory right to NICE recommended treatments if their doctor says it is
Two years ago the present government changed NICE guidelines from advisory to obligatory,
as announced by the chairman of NICE on 1.8.12, who said unequivocally that commissioners who
donít commission enough NICE recommended treatments to grant patients their statutory rights
are breaking the law.