How far have mental health services fallen?

After the Care Quality Commission inspectors rated the service run by the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust as ‘requires improvement.

The problem is that the service is almost non-existent throughout the UK, not just in Cornwall.

People have also been paying privately for mental health care, and I’m one of those who have had private treatment and treatments from other free services. The NHS let me go last summer as they don’t have enough staff, and my doctor even admitted that there are no psychiatrists in South East Cornwall.

Lack of funding has been b.amed for this. However, the government said it will now employ someone on 100k a year. That’s diverse. I find this disgusting as I have witnessed that the current mental health team are diverse, so what’s the point in spending this? The money would be better spent on research and wages for a few mental health nurses. 

The NHS organisation in charge of mental health services in Cornwall has been blasted for having facilities that are not fit for purpose and not enough staff to do the job. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as requiring improvement following an inspection in March.

Across four categories, organisations are inspected, including whether services are safe, effective, responsive and well-led. The Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust was told to improve. However, they also recognised that staff are caring and responsive to patients’ needs and awarded an outstanding mark.

CQC inspectors carried out a short notice announced inspection of the trust’s acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care unit, community services for adults of working age, specialist community mental health services for children and young people and child and adolescent inpatient wards of this trust.

Following the inspection, the rating for the acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units were downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’ overall. 

The rating for safe changed from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’, effective, responsive and well-led have dropped from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

This is all happening under the watch of tory MP Sheryll Murray, who sent back a standard letter signed by her secretary when I sent her a letter about improving mental health services in South East Cornwall. 

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