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Mental health workers must commit to 'zero suicide' plans - deputy PM


Dear Nick, You have spotted that your government has presided over cuts in MH staffing numbers (just look at a couple of the linked stories here for example, let alone the stories that any of us from MH services could tell)? You do know that services such as crisis intervention, overdose assessment teams and the like who work with some of the highest risk groups have been cut? That those of us who were involved in developing services to work with self harming patients lost our jobs because of cuts you over saw? You do know that the Henry Ford healthcare model mentioned in your speech in such glowing terms is not what it appears to be, don't you? That they have selected out most of the highest risk groups by dint of being an insurance based, pay for service, scheme? That their figures for reduction in suicide rates come from their own pre-existing (ie seeking a service and able to pay for it) patient group and NOT from the wider population of Michigan or even Detroit? You had spotted all those things? You did know all that, didn't you? Now, you must have known all that, because even a lowly (ex-)minion like me does...So can you please publicly apologise for what you have over seen in terms of cuts to service provision since 2010?

Posted date

20 January, 2015

Posted time

5:05 pm