25% Londoners experience a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. Three children in every classroom have problems with their mental health and one in six people over the age of 16 have a common mental disorder. Mental ill health now amounts to nearly half of all ill health among people under 65. But only one in four Londoners with mental health problems receives treatment.
NHS bosses are under fire for cutting back a team of doctors and nurses who provide mental health care to one of Britain’s largest groups of homeless people.
Camden NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in north London is giving the Focus Homeless Outreach team £219,866 less a year starting on 1 April, a leaked CCG document reveals. One of the team’s two psychiatrists and one of its six nurses will lose their jobs as a result.
Nearly two-thirds of doctors believe patient safety has deteriorated over the past year and nine out of 10 have experienced staff shortages, a survey of 1,500 NHS consultant physicians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has revealed.
A government pledge to tackle the housing crisis by giving councils more powers to crack down on empty homes has yet to be implemented, it can be revealed, leading to calls on Theresa May to act urgently.