Unite plan to improve mental health services

A three-point plan to improve mental health services in England has been proposed by union Unite.

It follows criticism from the Healthcare Commission yesterday, including the finding that 45 per cent of psychiatric nurses and 15 per cent of patients had been physically attacked in the last year.

Unite calls for:
•    Greater investment in facilities, staff support and training,
•    Establishing national standards for in-patient care for facilities as well as staffing levels, and,
•    Reinforcement of the need for closer and more integrated links between different parts of the mental health service.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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