16 March 2017
We are disappointed the Government has not accepted the Committee’s recommendation that all patients discharged from inpatient units are contacted within three days. We know that there is a high risk of suicide in these critical three days because, after the initial relief at being discharged from hospital, patients often face the frightening realisation that they are back in a difficult situation. There has to be sufficient funding for crisis resolution home treatment teams, who are currently so stretched they struggle to adequately support everyone who needs it.
We echo calls for the Government to spell out how each part of the strategy will be funded. We must know what money is currently allocated and who is responsible for implementation. Without proper resourcing and funding, we will not reduce suicide in England.'
Dr Peter Aitken