9.80 Call for a public inquiry into the failure of the NHS to tender to provide 31,000 depressed patients with their statutory rights to talking therapy within 18 weeks by 1.4.15           14.10.14

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, 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 clinically appropriate.

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.

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