MPs raise alarm over underfunded mental health services for children

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6669
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Commissioning and provision of mental health services for children and adolescents in England was a cause for serious concern, MPs have said in a highly critical report.

Lack of funding, failures in early intervention, poor access to services, out of date information, growing waiting times for help, and a lack of scrutiny over services were all highlighted as serious problems by MPs on the parliamentary health select committee.

The Health Committee published a report on 5 November after its inquiry into children’s and adolescents’ mental health services, saying that overall there were “serious and deeply ingrained problems” in this area.1

MPs received 237 written submissions to their inquiry, the highest number it had received for any inquiry it has held during this parliament, from many organisations, clinicians, and individual service users and their parents.

The report said, “The prevailing picture was of CAMHS …

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