Lastly lack of NHS funding
for the mental health department as a whole also has an impact on people with
mental health issues and their support.
Aneurin Bevan formally
launched the NHS on the 5th of July 1948
. It was founded on three main principles that have shaped its development in
the last sixty years. These principles are that it should meet the “needs of
everyone”, be “free at the point of delivery” and be based on “clinical need,
not ability to pay” . It came into place at a time when Britain saw health care
as essential especially during post war reconstruction where many would suffer
and die from minor and chronic diseases.
Prior to the reforms, the
poor often went without medical treatment, relying instead on sometimes
dangerous home remedies or on the charity of doctors who gave their services
free to their poorest patients.
Although the NHS has been
envied in the past by many and said
to be the best health system in the
world, With people now living on average at least 10 years longer than they did
in 1948, many critics argue that Nevertheless, although the NHS had developed,
transformed and improved the lives of
many. Certain groups of individuals such as those with mental illness were neglected.
This due to the NHS was focusing must of
its funds on physical illness.
Bevan argued that the mental
health service had been neglected , this
may explain why mental health is currently the biggest burden on the NHS, as
the attention it deserved was not given from the beginning.
Spending on mental health services
is being cut in five regions of England, new figures have revealed – despite
Government pledges to “transform” the way mental health problems are dealt
Theresa May has promised
to tackle the
“stigma” around mental health and NHS England said in February
last year an extra £1 billion a year should be invested in mental health
services by 2021.
But clinical commissioning
groups (CCGs) in Sefton, Scarborough, the Isle of Wight, St Helens and Walsall
are set to reduce spending on mental health by £4.5m, according to Freedom of
Information data obtained by Pulse magazine.