The Mental Welfare Commission has reported that 71 young mental health patients were still being treated in non-specialist wards in 2015/2016, down from 207 in the previous year. The 71 represent only 1.6% of the total of 4 436 young mental health patients being treated. I understand it’s still 71 too many but hope that I can assume that the treatment in a non-specialist NHS Scotland ward would still be kind and informed by visiting psychologists.
I have not read any disturbing reports of mental health patients in Scotland being treated as badly as in crisis-ridden NHS England where there is currently an acute shortage of adolescent mental health beds. The consequences can be cruel treatment in private hospitals with poor recruitment methods and/or inadequately trained staff or patients having to travel hundreds of miles away from their families to find a bed. See these two examples:
‘Vindictive’ hospital staff ‘taunted’ young psychiatric patients at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/vindictive-hospital-staff-taunted-young-psychiatric-patients/
As far as I can see, NHS Scotland with Scottish government support is working to prevent any comparable crisis. See:
- Thanks to Ludo for alerting me to this story.