President welcomes new mental health strategyAssociation of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 8th February 2011
In his February blog, ADASS President Richard Jones has welcomed the governments new mental health strategy*. But with important caveats.
He endorses Lord Victor Adebowales warning that the strategy must not neglect the needs of members of BME communities, and also warns that Twenty five per cent cuts in local government spending coupled with a four per cent per annum efficiency drive in the NHS in face of rising demographic pressures is hardly the best springboard from which to launch a major strategy document.
But overall, the document a major personal triumph for Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is a good one elevating to cross-governmental thinking thoughts that have been urgently and eloquently expressed by both statutory and voluntary sector experts for decades.
He also encourages the Department of Health to look for and use mental health champions, reminding us of how successful such advocates were in the past in helping develop more humane attitudes towards people with mental health problems.
For further information contact:
Richard Jones, ADASS President, 01772 534390
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755
* Read the strategy document at: www.dh.gov.uk/mentalhealthstrategy