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

Health and Social Care Bill

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Following yesterday’s third reading in the House of Commons, the Health and Social Care Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Clearly for those of us working in England, we are watching this progress closely. On Tuesday, the College co-signed a letter to The Times with the BMA, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Midwives, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

This letter (content on The Times website is subscriber-only but you can read extracts from the letter on the GP Online website) stated that, while we were pleased to see some positive amendments made by the Government to the legislation, together with our fellow professional organisations we share a number of detailed concerns.

In the meantime, I personally remain concerned that the current continuing uncertainty is leading to significant instability within the NHS right now. History tells us that in times of instability, mental health is particularly vulnerable. I would welcome your thoughts and views, which you can send me using the comments form below.



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Re: Health and Social Care Bil
Totally agree. We have certainly noticed at the 'coalface' the disruption caused by actions, taken in anticipation of the reforms. For a Government, which stated at the outset to abandon 'top-down' reform, the Bill certainly shows a worrying level of cognitive dissonance, and that is outwith the actual content of the Bill.
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