The Liberal Democrats are calling for reform of the Mental Health Act in a move to remove discrimination in the UK’s mental health services and support our mental health services in York and across the country.
In a new policy passed at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats are campaigning for:
- Substantially more funding for mental health services to match the same levels of funding given to services that treat physical illnesses.
- To give mental health services the same policy focus at Whitehall, as other health services currently receive.
Inspectors have criticised standards at York’s Retreat home which specialises in the care of people with mental health issues. The report may place further pressure on York’s mental health services following the sudden closure of the Bootham Park hospital 2 years ago,
The Retreat report – prepared by the Care Quality Commission – cites concerns about;
- Medicine management
- Poor staff development
- Unnecessarily long stays for older people
- Inadequate staffing levels
- Incomplete risk assessments s
- Poor dining arrangements.
The report does say that all areas were clean and tidy, that staff had good support from managers, patients and carers were involved, staff had a good knowledge of legislation and that proper safeguarding processes were mostly in place.
The Retreat York was established in 1796 and is an independent specialist mental health care provider for treatment of up to 98 people with complex mental health needs. The service is located on a forty-acre site on the outskirts of York City centre. The main building is Grade II listed with a range of their buildings situated in the grounds.
NB The Retreat at Strensall was rated as “good” by the CQC in a similar inspection