Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:03 pm on 7th February 2006.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 4:03 pm, 7th February 2006

Perhaps I can combine my answers to the interventions that have just been made. Rapid closure under the previous Administration left people vulnerable in the community, and I hope to demonstrate that this Government have provided support in the community through crisis resolution teams and early intervention teams. The idea is that in-patient care should become very much the last resort. I hope that Members appreciate that removing people with mental health problems from their families and their home environment is not always the best road to recovery; if we can support them in their own homes, that is the way to go. I have visited a number of places where it has proved possible to switch resources from in-patient care to community home care teams, and we should not underestimate the importance of making that shift.

Such reshaping of services can help people to live for longer in the community and to avoid removal to hospital, which is sometimes inappropriate. That approach is ambitious, and that is why we have a 10-year programme. In many instances, it requires services to make switches that they may not be used to, but once the changes have been made, a big improvement has been seen. The plan followed widespread consultation and was warmly welcomed by the professions. I accept that professionals would like to see further changes, but in general the plan has been well received. In 2000 we followed it up with the NHS plan, which set some clear targets for mental health services.

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molijana
Posted on 9 Feb 2006 2:00 am (Report this annotation)

crisis home treatment has it's place and from my understanding it was supposed to be delivered in a home from home environment...meaning cosy calm and warm....now it is 2 strangers coming into your home if they have time and no-one else is in greater need than you...2 strangers making judgements about how you live looking at the washing up piling up and making you embarrassed that you didn't pull out of your depression in time to tidy up before they turn up....maybe we need sanctuary away from home in our hour of need....at least if you scream on ward someone may take the time to see if you are ok....you really need to rethink what the word to care really means....