From the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/26/child-mental-health-accident-and-emergency-nhs
It seems that the government released some worrying figures over the dire state of childrens’ mental health services over the Christmas break.
While everybody was tucking into their turkey and watching Doctor Who, the figures show that “numbers arriving at A&E departments with psychiatric conditions has risen to nearly 20,000 a year –more than double the number four years ago”.
5th January: The Telegraph reports that senior doctors are expressing concerns over the ability to provide children’s services without radical changes. Dr Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, told the paper it was “only a matter of time before near misses become tragedies” due to staff being “spread too thinly”.
She is not the first doctor to criticise the changes to the NHS in recent times:
Dr Jacky Davis, a London-based consultant paediatric radiologist, and a leader of the new National Health Action Party, feared NHS “reconfiguration” was being driven largely by cuts. She said: “We would put a moratorium on any changes until there was proper clinical justification for them.”