Letters Mental health

Access to specialist services is missing

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2285 (Published 27 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2285
  1. Philip A Sugarman, chief executive
  1. 1St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton NN1 5DG, UK
  1. psugarman{at}standrew.co.uk

It is good to see the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) focus on improving the experience of adults who use NHS mental health services, but, crucially, access to specialist services is missing.1 Although the government’s current mental health strategy “No Health without Mental Health” emphasises the equal status of mental health needs, the NHS cost saving agenda under the quality, …

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