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London faces a "rapidly unravelling" mental health crisis, a Labour candidate for City Hall warned. Diane Abbott, the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said real term cuts in funding and "unprecedented demand" would mean the undermining of every aspect of the socio-economic structure of the capital. Ms…
A new network hoping to revolutionise care for people with Parkinson’s has issued a call for professionals to join. This week, 300 health and social care professionals and people affected by Parkinson’s joined Parkinson’s UK at an event in London to launch the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. Under the clinical…
Police cells should no longer be specifically included on an approved list of "places of safety" where the mentally ill can be held while awaiting assessment, MPs said. But they were criticised by representatives of rank and file officers for failing to push for an outright ban on their use…
The regulator of health and adult social care is concerned that people across England are being detained under the Mental Health Act without their legal rights being discussed or explained to them, without being fully assessed for their willingness and ability to consent to their treatment, and without always having…
Few employers have discussed mental health issues with their staff and a "strikingly low" number have a company-wide policy in place, new research has revealed. A study by the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that fewer than one in four firms had a specific programme for dealing with mental health…
An independent Commission to review the provision of inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been launched today. The Commission is chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp (pictured), former Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health (2000-2006). The…
A national study of every NHS mental health service in the UK has found that high turnover of staff and more patient complaints could be linked to suicide risk among patients. Researchers from The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness investigated…
A parliamentary committee has asked the Scottish Government to clarify proposed changes to mental health legislation. Legislation which introduces changes to how people with mental health conditions access treatment has been supported by the Health and Sport Committee. The Mental Health (Scotland) Bill also introduces a victim notification scheme for…
The Care Minister has warned Labour against adopting a sanctimonious attitude over mentally ill children, amid claims a crisis has engulfed the service. Norman Lamb told MPs it is "highly undesirable" for children with mental health issues to be placed on adult wards rather than in specialist child adolescent mental…
The Care Quality Commission today published its fifth annual monitoring report on the implementation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). These are part of the Mental Capacity Act, and they protect the rights of adults in care homes and hospitals who lack mental capacity, in situations where they need…
Ed Miliband has accused the coalition of failing people with mental health problems by making "false economies" in the NHS. Unveiling a report into the issue, the Labour leader said young people were not being diagnosed early enough and cuts were undermining treatment, resulting in much higher costs in the…
Social worker Rebecca Allen has been suspended from the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register for a further six months following a review of a suspension order imposed in 2014 as a result of misconduct and current impairment. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee conducted a…