Resolution from Weaver Vale CLP accepted as policy by Central Council 26 April 2014:

Despite this Governments claim to support parity of esteem between physical and mental health and well being, Mental Health has been given a significantly poorer deal and has borne a far greater pro rata share of the NHS cuts. This is evidenced by the higher financial cut to Mental Health NHS Trusts for 2014/15 than NHS Acute Trusts.

Coupled with significant cuts by many Local Authorities to their own Adult Community Mental Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and Voluntary Sector Grants at a time of rising demand, and lengthening waiting times into psychological therapies, has created a national Mental Health crisis.

The Socialist Health Association urges an incoming Labour government to urgently redress the resource imbalance and ensure Mental Health Services are properly funded, staffed and responsive.

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  1. I fully back all that the Labour Party is planning

  2. Martin Rathfelder says:

    BMA ideas of what Parity means:

    Parity of esteem is a term used, but not defined, in the Government’s most recent mental health strategy for England,
    ‘No health without mental health’. Building on the RCPsych definition, this report considers parity of esteem to mean
    ‘valuing mental health equally with physical health’. A parity approach to mental health aims to deliver:
    • equal access to effective, safe care
    • equal efforts to improve the quality of care
    • the allocation of resources on a basis commensurate with need
    • equal status within healthcare education and practice
    • equally high aspirations for service users
    • equal status to the measurement of health outcomes
    • holistic, integrated care with mental health considered alongside physical health.
    Source: Royal College of Psychiatrists (2013) Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality. Achieving parity between mental and physical
    health. Occasional paper OP88. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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