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Joan Ryan MP raises serious concerns that child mental health services in Enfield are being starved of funds

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Joan Ryan MP has written to NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and called for the mental health of young people in Enfield to be “given the priority it deserves”.

I am deeply concerned that research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) has estimated that spending on mental health services for young people in Enfield is the second lowest in England.

According to the RCPSYCH, Enfield CCG has allocated just £2.33 per head in Enfield on child and adolescent mental health, excluding eating disorder spending, over the 2016/17 financial year – only Luton CCG will spend lower, at just £2.01 a head.

Mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents are a serious issue. The number of young people aged under 18 attending Accident and Emergency departments in England, due to a psychiatric condition, doubled between 2010 and 2015.

The demand for young people’s mental health services – in Enfield and elsewhere - has never been greater, so the analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerning.

It is vital that the CCG reviews its spending commitments in this area and it is also incumbent on the Government to provide better support to our chronically underfunded and overstretched local health services.

I have written to the Chair of Enfield CCG, Dr. Mo Abedi, and have urged the NHS body - which is responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for the area – to ensure that extra investment is provided to frontline mental health services.

 



 

Further Reading:

  1. Click here for a copy of Joan Ryan MP’s letter to the Chair of Enfield CCG, Dr. Mo Abedi.
  2. According to the RCPSYCH, “Enfield plans to spend just 0.41% (£2.33 per head) of its total mental health budget 2016/17 on services for children and young people. This figure increases marginally to 1.86% (£10.62) when eating disorder services are included”. The research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be found here: https://goo.gl/ixBYdY
  3. The RCPSYCH is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.
  4. The British Medical Association, ‘Children and Young People’s Mental Health’ report (2016), found that “the number of young people aged under 18 attending A&E because of a psychiatric condition more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, and referrals to specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) increased by 64% between 2012/13 and 2014/15” (page 1): https://goo.gl/J8kDaJ  
  5. The last national morbidity survey for children and young people’s mental health was carried out in 2004. At that time, one in ten children and young people aged between five and sixteen were reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Information is taken from the Mental Health Network 2016 update, ‘Key facts and trends in mental health’: https://goo.gl/qEeMXe

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