The Royal College of Psychiatrists Responds to the Health and Social Care Bill

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has clarified its position on the Health and Social Care Bill in a new statement released today. This follows a third survey of the membership of the college which shows that 85% of respondents thought that the current version of the Bill would have a negative impact on the health and social care system. The statement identifies a number of difficulties with the Bill and asks for these to be addressed including discrepancies between Mental and Physical Health provision, ensuring that integrated care is not compromised by the emphasis on competition, that when competition is used there is a demonstration of benefit to patients, provision for clinicians to undertake national work and the involvement of patients and carers in needs assessments and commissioning. The Bill continues to be discussed in the House of Lords and is due to undergo a number of amendments.

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