Tory ‘fail on mental aid
MORE than one in ten jobs are unfilled in mental health trusts, figures reveal.
Data also shows more than one in eight mental health staff left their jobs in the year to June 2018.
The details were revealed in answer to parliamentary questions by shadow mental health minister Paula Sherriff. She said: “These shocking figures show the Government is woefully failing to meet the PM’S promise to tackle the ‘burning injustice’ of inadequate treatment for mental illness. It is clear NHS staff and patients are being badly failed under the Tories.”
In a plan unveiled last year, the Government vowed to create 21,000 new specialist mental health posts, with at least 19,000 of them NHS staff. But figures show 183,476 full-time equivalent staff working in mental health in the NHS one year on from March 2017 – up 915, only 0.5 per cent).
Ministers also admitted that 23,686 mental health staff left the NHS in England in the year to June 2018 and mental health trusts had 187,215 staff in a post with 22,018 positions unfilled.
RAP: Ms Sherriff