Mental health services in crisis

England’s mental health services are in a state of crisis according to reports on the BBC, with a leading psychiatrist stating that England’s provision for people with mental health problems is unsafe. 

The BBC interviewed Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, as part of an investigation, which revealed that over 1,500 mental health beds have recently been lost. 

Many trusts are operating on full capacity and while experts claim that more community services need to be provided, beds are often not available when patients need them. This means that patients in London, for example, are being sent to other locations away from their family and normal support networks. 

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