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BPS President comments after last night's Panorama on mental health services

07 February 2017

The British Psychological Society has commented on last night’s BBC One Panorama programme, which stated that the number of unexpected deaths reported by mental health trusts has increased by nearly 50 per cent in three years.

Our President Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, said::

"Although this large increase could be a result of NHS improvements to how these events are recorded and investigated this is still very worrying.  Mental health services have been chronically underfunded in the past and even though the Government has committed to more funding there has been no guarantee this will not be spent elsewhere.

With increasing patient demand and budget cuts there is a real risk that mental health service funding could be used to make up short falls in other areas. We urge the Government to fund and deliver the recommendations of the NHS England report ‘The five year forward view for mental health’ to ensure parity of esteem between mental and physical health services,"

You can watch this edition of Panorama on the BBC iPlayer.

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