9.77 'Sharp cuts leave NHS mental health services unable to cope, say GPs' 1.8.14

The following article by Charlie Cooper, health reporter, is reproduced from the Independent on 1.8.14 by John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd Hove, BN3 4LE,, 01273 417997 (my numbering of paragraphs) It describes the problem facing the NHS, for which I propose the solution of community mediation centres.

Family doctors have warned of the deteriorating state of mental healthcare in England, after a survey revealed that one in five had seen a patient come to harm because they could not get specialist help.

GPs reported that some patients had committed suicide or been sectioned because of a lack of available community mental health services.

More than eight in 10 GPs now believe that their local mental health teams cannot cope with caseloads, and nearly half said that the situation in their area had got even worse in the past 12 months.

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