60% OF CHILD MENTAL HEALTH CASES LEAD TO NO TREATMENT; Failings Blamed on Budget Cuts

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60% OF CHILD MENTAL HEALTH CASES LEAD TO NO TREATMENT; Failings Blamed on Budget Cuts


Byline: BEN ROSSINGTON

VULNERABLE children are being refused NHS mental health treatment after referrals by their GPs due to budget cuts.

A study out today reveals 60% of cases passed to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services teams lead to no treatment - and a third are not even assessed.

GPs claim CAMHS sites across the country are refusing to treat patients unless they have attempted suicide or self-harmed. And the researchers, who studied figures from 15 mental health trusts, add that many cases are simply being sent to school counsellors or charity services.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens last month told a conference that CAMHS was the "most creaking" part of the mental health sector.

It has been hit hard by Government-imposed austerity cuts, despite Downing Street promises to improve mental health services for youngsters - with one in 10 said to be sufferers.

Information obtained under Freedom of Information laws found that in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, the number of CAMHS referrals progressing to treatment was 20%, down from 46% in 2013. …

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