The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, has today announced a new Major Conditions Strategy.
Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said:
“While we welcome the new strategy, we are disappointed that the Government has abandoned the cross-government mental health and wellbeing plan. We are at a critical moment for mental health services. Last year we reached record levels of referrals, and I have seen first-hand the enormous pressure services are under.
“The strategy is right to focus on shifting the healthcare model towards preserving good health. Early mental health interventions and preventative public health measures can improve patient outcomes, put less pressure on A&E services and improve the mental wellbeing of everyone.
“Historically mental health services have not had the same funding or support as other services. By scrapping a plan that focuses purely on mental health, the Government is failing to address the lack of parity between mental and physical health. There is also a danger that patients will continue to experience unequal mental health support across the country.”