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Category Archives: Mental Health

Compensation awarded after botched laser eye surgery

A Judge has awarded £500,000 in compensation after laser eye surgery damaged a book dealers eyesight. Staff at high street optician Optical Express in Southampton were found to have failed to warn their patient, Stephanie Holloway, of the risks involved and possible complications with the procedure. Following the surgery, Stephanie has been left with corneal…
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World Mental Health Day

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY World Mental Health Day 2014 is taking place today -  Friday 10 October.   Its’ aim is to raise awareness that one in four people will experience some kind of mental health difficulty during their lifetime. The World Mental Health Day wants to encourage people to discuss their mental health difficulties…
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Radical overhaul needed for children’s mental health services

Council leaders believes a radical overhaul of children's mental health services is needed to address ‘systemic failings’ that are preventing young people from accessing the help they need. The current system is known as a ‘fragmented system’ leading to long delays for children accessing the care because two tiers currently manage the care, GP’s and…
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Treatment gap growing for physical and mental health

According to Professor Simon Wessely of King's College London, the treatment gap between those with physical and mental health is now so large that it may prove impossible to bridge in the current financial climate. NHS England has recommended that Clinical Commissioning Groups cut funding for mental health services this year by 20% more than…
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Lord Falconer – Assisted dying would mean less suffering

Lord Falconer, whose private members bill would legalise assisted dying for some terminally ill patients, has said that his bill would lead to less suffering, not more deaths.  On 19 July 2014 the second reading of the Assisted Dying Bill occurred.  Peers debated for over 10 hours on this highly emotive issue.  The proposed bill…
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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TREATED BY NHS AS A “SECOND CLASS SERVICE”

In 2011 the coalition government promised to give mental health services equality of standards with physical health services within the NHS. Figures by the Labour Party show 67% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) spend less than 10% of their budget on mental health services. CCGs are NHS organisations which organize the delivery of NHS services…
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Government plans to get more people with mental health problems into work

Tories have expressed plans to make benefit claimants who are declared unfit for work due to mental health problems undergo treatment for anxiety and depression, or risk having their payments cut. Current rules mean that people cannot be forced into treatment, like Psychological Therapy, as a condition of receiving their sickness benefits. If the scheme…
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CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

The recent case of a 16 year old boy who took his own life has highlighted the acute crisis in mental health services across the UK. The young man from Portsmouth had been suffering from a mental disorder and was unable to access treatment close to his home and his family as there were no…
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“Worrying” delays for patients waiting for scans on NHS

The NHS Constitution states that no patient should have to wait more than 6 weeks for diagnostic tests.  However, in April 2014, 17,000 patients had to wait longer than this six week target.  Some of the patients facing delays were awaiting scans and investigations into cancer diagnoses.  The proportion of patients missing the deadline has…
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