Monday, 20 February
To all those members and others who emailed
me over the weekend asking if the College was attending the summit
taking place at Downing Street today, I can confirm that I've not
been invited to attend the meeting on behalf of the Royal College
of Psychiatrists. I continue to have meetings with care services
minister Paul Burstow MP, particularly on the specific issue
of parity of esteem between mental and physical health.
In the meantime, whatever the outcome of
the Bill, the College Policy Unit is working with clinicians to
develop developing commissioning
guidance for whoever in the future commissions mental health
services, in whatever legal structure.
For the rest of today, I'll be focusing on
my clinical work. Tomorrow, with the advice from Chairs of the
Faculties of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, General and
Community Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry, I will be giving
evidence on behalf of members to the Schizophrenia Commission.
Finally - should Number 10 happen to be
reading this blog - I'd like to remind them that there is no health
without mental health.
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