Minister says mental health wait standards ‘must happen next year'

  • A health minister has said that the introduction of standard waiting time for mental health care "must happen next year".

    Speaking to the Health Service Journal, Norman Lamb has said that improved waiting time standards and moving to a tariff-based payment system rather than block contracts were important to improve focus and funding for the sector. /images/mentalhealth.jpg

    The government's mandate to NHS England 2014-15, which sets what the service must deliver, says NHS England, who working with others must "develop a range of costed options in order to implement these [waiting] standards [for mental health] starting from April 2015, with a phased approach depending on affordability".

    Mr Lamb has said: "The imbalance [between physical and mental health] completely drives where money goes in the NHS. Both the payment systems and access waiting standards for mental are critical. The mandate is very clear - there is legal force behind the mandate... In my perspective it [waiting standards] must happen from next year. The mandate also is clear that I recognised there is a phasing - you don't achieve the end position straight away. We have to move on access and waiting standards from 2015-16. It's critical that we make a start. First of all it's fair to say as a new right like this gets embedded the numbers taking up the right are probably going to be very small."

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

Related articles

  • Read More

    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...

  • Read More

    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...

  • Read More

    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...

  • Read More

    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...

  • Read More

    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...

  • Read More

    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...

  • Read More

    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...

  • Read More

    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...

  • Read More

    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...

  • Read More

    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Another excellent session from Support Solutions - excellent value for money and excellent training D.A - St Vincent's Housing Association

 

Briefing Signup

 
Quick Contact

Quick contact

Close

Contact us

T 0333 332 1991 (Local rate)

E info@supportsolutions.co.uk