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Fight for carers’ rights
Carers’ Resource director Chris Whiley
Only 55% of mental health trusts have reported increases to budgets since 2012 when ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health was promised
Government pledges to put more money into mental health are being broken because the NHS is not passing the money on to the NHS trusts that treat patients, a new report has revealed.
Care for people who need psychological help will suffer unless a chasm is bridged between ministerial promises and cash reaching the frontline, campaigners warn.
The disparity also threatens to undermine the historic change in 2012 that compelled the NHS in England to give physical and mental health equal priority or “parity of esteem”. Although mental ill-health accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease, it gets just 13% of the NHS’s budget.
Thousands of people in England have had “do not resuscitate” orders imposed on them without their family’s knowledge, an audit of dying patients suggests.
One in five families were not consulted where doctors had decided not to revive their relative, a sample study by The Royal College of Physicians found.
Hospitals must “do better”, and it was “unforgivable” not to tell families, report author Prof Sam Ahmedzai said.
NHS England said end-of-life care had improved, but more could be done.
A “do not resuscitate” order (DNR) means medical staff will not attempt to bring the patient back to life if they stop breathing or their heart stops.