Rise in unexpected deaths show Dorset's mental health services are underfunded

“Rise in unexpected deaths at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust show mental health services are being underfunded,” – Mid Dorset and North Poole Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson Vikki Slade.

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There has been 31 per cent rise in serious incidents at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust including 39 unexpected deaths and suicides in two years.

The figures from NHS England were unearthed by the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

Vikki Slade said: “138 serious incidents is pitiful and shows Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust is still not taking mental health provision seriously. These incidents show the problems are getting worse.”

“Without further funding, Dorset’s patients will continue to die due to the inequality of mental health with physical health. We cannot allow this bias to continue.”

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said: "The Clinical Commissioning groups should be equally focused on mental health as well as physical health.

“At the moment whenever they feel under pressure to cut budgets, it’s the unprotected mental health services that get sliced.

“Year after year the problem occurs, and year after year the problem gets worse.

“This cannot continue any longer. People are literally dying as a result of the horrific under funding. People are losing their lives as a consequence of the institutional discrimination of mental health.

“The way that funding gets allocated to mental health always means that it loses out.”


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