Thursday, 15th November 2012
UK: The Abandoned Illness
Source: Schizophrenia Commission (UK)
From Executive Summary:
People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia still die 15-20 years earlier than other citizens.
Schizophrenia and psychosis cost society £11.8 billion a year but this could be less if we invested in prevention and effective care.
Increasing numbers of people are having compulsory treatment, in part because of the state of many acute care wards. Levels of coercion have increased year on year and are up by 5% in the last year.
Too much is spent on secure care – £1.2 billion or 19% of the mental health budget last year – with many people staying too long in expensive units when they are well enough to start back on the route to the community.
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By Adrian Janes
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