Decrease in mental health beds in Manchester whilst admissions rise

  • Figures have revealed a rise in demand for mental health services, with Charity MIND warning of a resource crisis.

    NHS figures have shown that the number of people admitted to Manchester’s three mental health trusts has risen by 23% over the last five years, reports the Manchester Evening News. busy_hospital.jpg

    Over the same period of time there has been a 5.9% cut in the number of mental health beds for the region.

    Earlier this month, a health regulator said England’s mental health crisis-care system was ‘unsafe’, with a lack of available beds a key concern.

    eoff Heyes, policy and campaigns manager for the mental health charity Mind, said: “A mental health emergency is just as serious as a physical health emergency and needs to be treated with the same level of urgency which includes proper resources. We know the NHS is struggling at the moment but there simply isn’t room for any belt-tightening in the case of mental health services. The toxic combination of historical under-funding, compounded by cuts over consecutive years, have left mental health services reeling. What has made this worse is that it comes at a time when increasing numbers of people need support. This will not change until we see services properly resourced, adequately staffed and able to cope with the numbers of people in need of help.”

    A Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust spokeswoman has said: A spokeswoman said: “Our service users tell us that they want to be in hospital for the shortest possible time and we are keen to work with them so that people can be back home with their family and friends to support their recovery. The trust has worked hard to reduce length of stay and facilitate early supported discharge from hospital by using the home treatment team to provide care, where it is appropriate. This has improved flow through the wards and most importantly increased productivity and improved timely access to a bed when one is needed. Additionally, over the last 18 months, the trust has used up to 15 later-life beds for adults of working age who have a shorter length of stay which will increase turn over.”

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