If you have mental health problems, there are chances you may die because of the controversial NHS funding changes. Patient charities are warning it will be breaching the ministerial pledges in the treatment of people suffering from physical condition or that of psychological.
According to six of the leading mental health organisations, the decision of NHS England to curtail in fund the sector will receive in fees or tariffs from April for its services.
The organisations are angry on the 1.8 percent cut imposed in the funding for non-acute care services by the NHS’s economic regulator. They say reduction is higher than the cut in the acute hospital-based medical services which is 1.5 percent.
A letter by the organizations warn the step will put lives at risk. The letter, which was co-authored also by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, the Mental Health Network and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, was published on Wednesday in Guardian newspaper.
The co-authors is looking ahead the NHS England should rethink on the cut imposed and also to consider both types of services equally.
However, NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson said earlier the criticism won’t be looked and the proposal won’t be reviewed as the acute hospitals need money to hire more nurses in their facilities.
Chief executive of the addiction and mental health charity Turning Point, Lord Victor Adebowale, called the decision as bordering on laughable.