NHS child mental health services are failing the next generation, say GPs

Up to four in five children with mental health problems are being denied access to treatment they urgently need in some parts of England, NHS figures show.

Overall six in 10 children and young people across England do not receive treatment for problems such as anxiety and depression, despite the risk of them coming to harm as their condition worsens.

The new data has renewed fears that vulnerable under-18s are suffering the effects of increasing rationing of psychological help on the NHS, despite high-profile government pledges to improve the service for children.

Family doctors and mental health campaigners voiced concern at the figures, which were obtained by the GP website Pulse. Dr Dominique Thompson, a GP in Bristol who specialises in young people’s mental health, said the figures showed that NHS children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) were “failing the next generation. We risk our CAMHS becoming a source of national shame if they continue to be so poorly resourced.”


Full story in The Guardian, 4 July 2016