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NHS cuts threaten half a million psychiatric patients, charity warns

Published on 19/04/2010
Up to half a million mental health patients could suffer from expected cuts to NHS funding, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Times, Paul Jenkins, the chief executive of mental health charity Rethink, said it was likely that support for those with mental illness would be the first area to suffer, affecting as many as 500,000 patients.

His comments follow news that Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts, has written to the organisations it oversees advising them to prepare for deeper than expected budget cuts from next month.

"We know from the past what happens with people who have severe mental illness when financial pressures begin to bite," Mr Jenkins told the news provider.

"Cutbacks are made from teams working in the community, and instead of people getting the regular contact with services and support they need they become more isolated and enter the 'revolving-door' cycle of going in and out of hospital."

According to Rethink, about one in 100 people experience at least one acute episode of psychosis at some point in their lives.

People can ensure they are not affected by NHS funding cuts and receive the level of care and support they need by taking out private medical insurance.
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