Today the publication of CQC’s ‘State of Care 2018/19’ report reveals a rise of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism that were rated inadequate.
The report also shows a rise of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services rated inadequate.
Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Vince Cable said:
“It is rare for a public body such as the Care Quality Commission to be so scathing of the effects of Government policy. Their honesty is to be congratulated.
“They highlight graphically the decline in standards for mental health and learning disability inpatient services. This means some of the most vulnerable are not receiving anything like the standards of care that they need.
“Staffing shortages, coupled with inadequate funding solutions has meant the strained care system is beginning to crack.
“Liberal Democrats have long argued that mental health in particular should be raised to parity with other forms of healthcare.
“Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech pays lip service to improvements in these services but it must be followed up with real resources.”
Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Ross Shipman added:
“Access to mental health services is patchy at best; and way too limited. The Conservatives have continually failed to provide the funding this needs both in the NHS and the provision of social care services.
“Even the Tory controlled North East Derbyshire District Council have only paid lip service in signing up to an awareness charter. They refused to request additional funding and even rejected, my good friend, Cllr David Hancock’s call to make proper provision for the Council’s own staff.
“The reality is that proper care provision benefits both people and the economy in terms of productivity and revenues; so continued failure to look after people’s welfare is going to continue driving a downward spiral.”