Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Mental health crisis services in England ‘under pressure’

  • Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase – 70%.
  • NHS England said an extra £400m would be spent on crisis resolution teams.BBC Radio 5 live contacted all 54 mental health trusts who run crisis teams in England.One of them, East London NHS Foundation Trust, revealed its crisis team had seen referrals increase from 7,057 to 11,368 last year, a 60% rise in demand.
  • ‘She died in the road’Camillo Parra-Braun’s wife, Mariana, died by suicide at the age of 32 in October last year.Mr Parra-Braun had contacted the City and Hackney mental health home-visit team twice that day because of concerns about his wife’s deteriorating mental health.
  • ‘Not enough money’In 2014, a report for NHS England acknowledged the system was “stacked against” mental health.
  • “An NHS England representative said: “NHS investment in mental health services is rising faster than for other services and this includes an additional £400m invested in crisis-resolution home-treatment teams from this year so that all areas are able to offer 24/7 emergency care to those who need it.

A rise in referrals without comparable extra funding is affecting vulnerable people, research finds.
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Mental health crisis services in England ‘under pressure’

  • Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase – 70%.
  • NHS England said an extra £400m would be spent on crisis resolution teams.BBC Radio 5 live contacted all 54 mental health trusts who run crisis teams in England.One of them, East London NHS Foundation Trust, revealed its crisis team had seen referrals increase from 7,057 to 11,368 last year, a 60% rise in demand.
  • ‘She died in the road’Camillo Parra-Braun’s wife, Mariana, died by suicide at the age of 32 in October last year.Mr Parra-Braun had contacted the City and Hackney mental health home-visit team twice that day because of concerns about his wife’s deteriorating mental health.
  • A statement from East London NHS Foundation Trust said they extended their condolences to the family and friends of Mariana Pinto, adding: “The care provided for Ms Pinto was reviewed by an independent expert appointed by the coroner, who agreed that staff that could not have detained her under the Mental Health Act.
  • “An NHS England representative said: “NHS investment in mental health services is rising faster than for other services and this includes an additional £400m invested in crisis-resolution home-treatment teams from this year so that all areas are able to offer 24/7 emergency care to those who need it.

A rise in referrals without comparable extra funding is affecting vulnerable people, research finds.
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Theresa May accused of lying about Labour policy on BBC’s Question Time

  • Theresa May has been accused of lying about Diane Abbott’s position on the DNA database, during the BBC Question Time Leader’s Special.
  • “And I made sure we kept the records of criminals and terrorists on the DNA database whereas Diane Abbott actually wants to wipe them clean.
  • The Conservative Party press office responded to Ms Abbott by posting a quote from something she had said about the matter in 2010: “We shouldn’t even have guilty people’s DNA on the database indefinitely”

    However, during the BBC’s Andrew Marr show over a week earlier, Ms Abbott clarified the statement, which is over seven years old.

  • Ms Abbott also told The Guardian in 2009, that regulations around the DNA database should be changed so that innocent people are not on there.
  • On the Prime Minister’s comments, Ms Abbott told The Independent: “It is unethical for hundreds of thousands of innocent people to have their DNA indefinitely held on what is essentially a government database of potential suspects.

Theresa May has been accused of lying about Diane Abbott’s position on the DNA database, during the BBC Question Time Leader’s Special. The Prime Minister’s first question of the evening saw her asked her why she should be trusted, given her “track record of broken promises and backtracking”. Mrs May responded with a speech about her contributions to British law enforcement, before making a comment about the Labour Shadow Home Secretary.
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Theresa May to seek snap election for 8 June

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    Media captionThe moment PM called for general election
    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.

  • And many in the Conservative Party believed there is so little chance of the Labour Party getting its act together before 2020 that they could carry on until then and still expect a sizeable majority.There was also, for Theresa May, the desire to show that she will be a prime minister who sticks to her word.
  • “Asked if he will be the next prime minister, the Labour leader said: “If we win the election – yes – and I want to lead a government that will transform this country, give real hope to everybody and above all bring about a principle of justice for everybody and economic opportunities for everybody.
  • “Mrs May spoke to the Queen on the phone on Easter Monday to let her know of the election plan, the prime minister’s official spokesman said.
  • She also got the full backing of the Cabinet before calling the election.Former prime minister David Cameron called Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election “brave and right”.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May announces her plan to call a snap general election on 8 June.
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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

  • Mind chief executive Mr Farmer said it was “important to see the prime minister talking about mental health”.
  • Theresa May vows to be ‘one nation’ prime minister
  • Theresa May vows to correct ‘burning injustices’
  • Mental health is everyone’s business and we need to see sustained leadership to make sure services and support improve”.
  • Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.

Theresa May pledges to help schools and companies deal with the “injustice” of mental illness.
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Theresa May backtracks over workers on boards pledge

  • TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Theresa May made a clear promise to have workers represented on company boards.
  • Theresa May backtracks over workers on boards pledge
  • Theresa May has backed away from a pledge to require companies to put worker representatives on boards.
  • Theresa May vows to put Conservatives ‘at service’ of working people
  • Mrs May also said the government would review the support given to innovative firms through the tax system “because my aim is not simply for the UK to have the lowest corporate tax rate in the G20, but also one that is profoundly pro-innovation.”

Theresa May backtracks on her pledge to require companies to put worker representatives on boards.
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