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Children’s lives in U.K are in danger because of the delayed treatment

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17 OCT 2018

Recently, very shocking news grabbed everyone’s attention. A report from a HSJ investigation revealed that more than five hundred children have to wait more than a year to get the treatment of Tier 3 child and adolescent mental health services. According to the recent studies, among 11,482 young people, 50% (i.e. 5,648) have waited for longer than 18 weeks for treatment. Alongside this, one child had to wait nearly two and a half years. Only 14% of the total i.e. 1,630 are lucky enough to be provided with their required treatment within four weeks, though the actual true numbers of children waiting for treatment could be much higher as only 33 out of the 50 Trusts approached by HSJ responded to Freedom of Information requests with data for 2017-18.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are highlighting this fact frequently though news covered last year. This year in March, the review of the watchdog over CYP services being commissioned by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has also been summoned for improvements to be delivered more quickly. By taking the matter seriously, the authority is trying its best to control the matter. £50m has been issued by the Government of the U.K due to the new trial of a four-week access target for CAMHS along with additional funding for new mental health support teams. Yet, according to the charity Young Minds, the amount of money issued by the Government will not be sufficient for the children who are in need of immediate medical attention. Keeping the long-term plans for children’s services in mind, the charity has also suggested more cash will be given. However, with so many competing demands; it is not clear how much it will get.

A spokesperson said: “The NHS is only halfway through an ambitious programme of transformation where access to mental health services will significantly expand by 2021 and an additional 70,000 children and young people will get help. After years of underinvestment, NHS funding for young people’s mental health services is now rising and the NHS long-term plan will set out further priorities in the future.”


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