SHADOW CABINET MENTAL HEALTH MINISTER SLAMS LACK OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROVISION FOR CHILDREN
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (who will lead for the Opposition when the Mental Health Reform Bill is debated at Westminster in 2022) has denounced the availability of mental health service provision currently offered to children.
As Parliament begins the summer recess, Dr Khan has reminded the nation that children will have no respite from their mental health problems because the services available for them fall pitifully short.
Figures that Dr Khan has obtained from the Government reveal that:
- At least 73,079 children had their cases closed before receiving NHS treatment for their mental health problems in the year 2020/21
- Only 22 NHS Trusts out of 45 supplied data on request
- Dr Khan predicts that the true figure of children excluded from service provision will be nearer a horrific 200,000 because of the increase in mental health illness in children due to the pandemic
- The total number referred to the NHS in 2020/21 was 195,000
- The longest single delay came in the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who took 737 days to treat a child with autism
- 6,117 children referred at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust went untreated, making 81% of the total there.