It would appear they are not according to the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Professor Simon Wessel of King’s College London in his first interview since taking up the article told the Guardian newspaper less than a third of people suffering from mental health issues get any treatment whatsoever. This is something the public would not tolerate if the patients had cancer. Although the present health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has promised to provide parity of esteem for mental health patients, Professor Wesley says that the gap is so big it might not even be possible to shut it. Parity of Esteem can be described as valuing mental health equally with bodily health. The Royal College of Psychiatrists reckons this would imply:
- Equal Access to the best and safest treatment options available
- Equal attempt to improve quality of care
- Equal status in health care education and practice
- Equal standing in the measurement of health outcomes
- Equally substantial ambitions for service users
- Allocation of time, energy and resources on a basis commensurate with demand
However, According to Professor Wesley, individuals can be waiting for up to two years for any type of treatment in some areas of the nation and some children are not currently getting any treatment whatsoever. So though we have the aspiration, the gap is so large and yet there’s not any more cash, he said. Imagine if they were cancer patients? Professor Wesley emphasized what would happen if those were not and cancer patient’s mental health patients that did not have access. If gave a talk imagine, he told. So, we have got a problem in cancer service right now. Only 30 percent of people with cancer are getting therapy, so 70 percent of them do not receive any treatment for their cancer in any respect, and it is not even recognized. Right if that were the case, there would be outrage.
When Professor Wesley requested Simon Stevens, the NHS England Chief Executive how the gap between therapies could be shut, Stevens told him that it would entail much longer conversation with the people. Think what he means is essentially, if people really want true parity in the sense of real 90 of mental health patients treated within 18 weeks, just like they are for different disorders, that will have to mean money is going to need to move from severe to psychological health. As there is no cash, that would mean losses. Believe he was saying we’d need a fairly good political imperative – we would have to understand that people were really on board for this – and really do not know the solution.