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

It is important to ensure that people who are dangerous or violent are held in more secure units than those suffering, for example, from a clinical breakdown. That is why we have increased the number of medium secure beds, why we have looked at changes for the high-security hospitals and why we have many more low secure beds. It is important that we make the distinction between people who need a secure environment and those who do not.

It is also important to recognise that people may reach a crisis point, and to ensure that if they need to spend some time in in-patient care, it is the minimum period necessary for that individual. We need to have the modernised services that I have mentioned in place—made possible through our increased investment, which I shall talk more about later—so that the time spent in hospital is minimised. That is because people often make a better recovery if they can have help in their own homes and communities.


Posted on 9 Feb 2006 2:15 am (Report this annotation)

the ammount of times you have made huge mistakes in deciding anyone behaving differently is automatically dangerous is the very start of stigma and discrimination...just because someone is behaving diferently does not mean you have to send half the police force to pick them up causing so much upset and distress that they do not conform to what the police want causing them to be hancuffed and man handled creating more stress then being carted off to an unknown destination is it any wonder they start reacting....police need more more more training in how to behave in these situations....remember sadly this is often the first experience of many patients to a terrifying system which is not a caring one....

Alix Cull
Posted on 9 Feb 2006 3:15 pm (Report this annotation)

does Ms.Winterton not recognise that in some patients the violence is a clinical expression of severe mental illness? Their lack of ability to cope with the situation in which they are placed, and an illness of which they have little or no insight or understanding?

Alix Cull
Posted on 23 May 2006 1:18 pm (Report this annotation)

Does the Hon.Lady know that the Scottish Health Authority is in financial difficulties because they are unable to discharge 21 patients from secure accommodation to less secure accommodation? This shows the total lack of availability of rehabilitation for the mentally ill. Another cause is the attitudes of the public who object to buildings for those with severe and enduring mental illness to take the interim step from secure accommodation to care in the community. It is disgraceful that the government ignores this group of severely ill people and the distress which is caused to their carers. One mother is reported to remain annonymous because of the attitudes of neighbours.