MP To Visit NHS Humber Foundation Trust To Discuss Mental Health

MP To Visit NHS Humber Foundation Trust To Discuss Mental Health
MP To Visit NHS Humber Foundation Trust To Discuss Mental Health

Beverley and Holderness will visit the NHS Humber Foundation Trust this Friday 9 December.

Graham will meet with the Chief Executive of the Trust, Michele Moran, and take a tour of the facilities at Castle Hill Hospital.

Graham is keen to understand how Humber NHS Foundation Trust operates and discuss with staff any improvements that can be made to ensure constituents are receiving the best mental health care possible.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Graham said:

“I am looking forward to meeting staff working on the front line of mental health services in the East Riding. It is absolutely vital that we care for the most vulnerable in our society and we must ensure that this hospital is offering patients the support they need.”

“Tackling mental health issues in the UK is a major Government priority and I am pleased that Ministers have legislated to ensure it is treated with the same prominence as physical health.”

“Progress is being made – with more investment in mental health than ever before and an estimated 1,400 more accessing mental health services every day compared to 2010 – up 40%.”

In February, an independent Mental Health Taskforce, chaired by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, published a new national strategy, setting out an ambitious vision for mental health services for the coming five years.

To make these recommendations a reality, the Government will spend an additional £1 billion on mental health by 2020-21 to improve access to services so that people receive the right care in the right place when they need it most.

Last year, the Government introduced the first ever mental health access and waiting time standards, to ensure that 75% of people referred for talking therapies to treat common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety start their treatment within 6 weeks, and 95% within 18 weeks.

These targets have been met and the latest data shows that in May 2016, 84% of people waited less than 6 weeks and 97% of people waited less than 18 weeks.

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