Tory ‘fail on men­tal aid

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Keir Mudie DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL EDITOR

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

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