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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Care Funding

Following his move to the backbenches, ex-Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow MP has become more vocal on the negative aspects of recent health reforms and has today discussed care funding in a newspaper article, blaming the Treasury for wanting to “kick the can down the road despite our rising elderly population”.  In the article he calls on those “who believe our social care system is broken and unfair” to make their voices heard.


It all makes for interesting reading and, never one to be afraid of making my own voice heard, I hope is something that will be discussed frankly and with evidence of the impact on our patients at the forthcoming Party Conferences, along with changes to the welfare system, cuts to mental health services and ensuring parity for mental health.


This weekend, myself and the College’s parliamentary team (Dr Adrian James, Chair of the College’s Parliamentary Committee, Will Pickering, the College’s Public Affairs Manager as well as College members and service users representatives) begin our travels from Brighton to Birmingham via Manchester to talk to politicians and others with an interest in our work about issues relevant to our profession and our patients.


Working with mental health charities, other Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies, we have a very busy conference schedule ahead of us as we chair and attend a variety of roundtable meetings on issues including parity for mental health, early intervention, obesity, social care, commissioning, and medical education. In between these and the many fringe meetings taking place, we are also meeting with MPs, Peers and Ministers one-to-one to promote the importance of psychiatry and to champion improvements in care.


I will keep you updated on how the conference season goes over the coming weeks via the blog.


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