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Fewer than one in three leaders of mental health trusts 'confident' they have enough staff, poll finds
Added: 7th Jul 2017

Fewer than one in three bosses of mental health trusts are confident they have enough staff to deliver services, according to a survey.

The poll by NHS Providers found seven in 10 bosses expected demand to increase this year, and eight in ten said cash intended for mental health from a national level is not getting to the frontline.

The findings were revealed as part of today's State of the NHS provider sector report.

Responding to the report, Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: “Such is the pressure on services that recently a highly distressed young man called us, while standing on the roof of a building, saying he could see no other way out. But when we called for an ambulance we were told it would not arrive for 50 minutes.

“We hear similar stories of desperate people waiting for crisis resolution teams, some may take 12 hours or more to get to a person, in many cases leaving the police to have to cope with the emergency. These human consequences are reflected in the increasing number of calls to SANE, where people describe being failed at the time of greatest need.

“We are therefore not surprised at the recent increase in suicide rates and the growing numbers of people sent home from A&E, however disturbed, due to a lack of staff and beds. There is a crisis in staffing and the £1.4 billion pledged last year is not reaching the frontline, with nursing shortages meaning that the services provided are at their lowest point for a decade.”

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