• Dorothy

No more time to talk - time to act and NOW!

This week the shocking news that the NHS continues to fail those most at risk in society has been once more laid bare.

Despite five years and promises of billions of pounds and hours of extra staff results for people with mental health problems, has got worse not better; even more worrying there is no sign of improvement.

More people than ever remain in high risk assessment units, more children are being separated from their parents as they are sent miles from home for treatment, pregnant women and young mothers are at risk and suicides are increasing daily.

What is lost in the furore and statistics is that each suicide is a person, every child travelling miles from their parents for treatment is a young person, every expectant mother or post partum woman is a parent. Around each individual is a network of other people in pain at the anguish and suffering their one is experiencing. It is a ripple effect that is touching every strata of society. It is up to us as health professionals to change things.

In any other context it would suggest a third world nation with no national health service, never mind one that is approaching middle age and should have taken on board years of experience to be a mature service that delivers.

To pore over the figures in minute detail is to avoid the central issue – the time to talk about improving mental health is over. Medical professionals must come together and prove once and for all that they