Rethink Mental Illness Media Team
Your article “NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’” (p1, 7 August) shows the human cost of serious failings in a system that is consistently over stretched and under pressure. Better funding and more focus on staffing and training should be a priority to ensure that people with mental illness can expect basic standards of safety.
A recent report from the Care Quality Commission showed that our mental health services are improving but there are big regional variations in care quality and safety standards. In reality this means you are more likely to be put in a potentially dangerous situation when you receive mental health care than your neighbour in the next county over. This is totally unacceptable.
At an absolute minimum, you should be entitled to safe, good quality care wherever you are. It’s the Government’s job to make sure there is sufficient funding in the system and commissioners and providers need to make sure they are delivering services that are fit for purpose. Lastly, we need a legal framework that protects peoples’ rights. The Government must deliver on its commitment to reform the Mental Health Act as a priority.
Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness