RCPsych launches election manifesto

With a General Election coming up,the RCPsych has published a manifesto calling on the next Government totake actionto improve the nation’s mental health.

In our manifesto, we set out our own ambitious vision.

  • An NHS free from discrimination; where patients are no longer sent miles from home to access a mental health bed
  • Every mental health patient given their own room in a safe and supportive environment.

The manifesto does not just look at the NHS, but calls for:

  • a bold reform of social care and addiction services
  • investment in mental health research
  • cross-governmental leadership on mental health.

These aims can only be achieved with the right staff, and this manifesto outlines plans to make mental health services a great place towork, andincludes a proposal to double the number of students at medical school to train the psychiatrists of the future.

You can now read our published manifesto (PDF).

The College has been talking to all the mainstream political parties asking them to adopt an ambitious vision for mental health and will be sending out a briefing to members letting you know more about each of the parties’ commitments on mental health.

If you would like to receive this briefing as well as our other regular political updates, please email jonathan.blay@rcpsych.ac.uk

As well as preparing out policy lines we have also written to every mental health trust CEO to ask for their help in ensuring that eligible psychiatric patients, whether in the community or in hospital, are aware of their right to vote and offered information and support to register and to cast their vote if they wish to.

We have shared with them the following guidance by CNWL.

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