Mental health bed closures

News item posted: 19 June 2017

An investigation by BBC News and Community Care magazine has revealed that more than 1,500 mental health beds have closed in recent years. Care Minister Norman lamb and Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust have spoken out about this mental health crisis.

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission into Mental Health and Policing said;

 "This research is worrying and clearly highlights that we have a long way to go before there is parity of esteem between mental and physical health.  It is unacceptable that those in crisis are not given the support they need, often with devastating consequences. 

 We would not expect someone having a heart attack to be turned away from services and neither should this happen to someone in mental health crisis. As the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing outlined in our report earlier this year, the back of a police van or a police cell is not an appropriate place for someone in crisis.  Until we address these blatant inequalities head on parity of esteem will not exist."