Mental Health inpatients struggling with debt to be given breathing space

Good news: Thousands of people who are in mental health crisis and struggling with serious debt will be given breathing space from further interest, charges and enforcement action following a campaign victory by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

Breathing space

The Recovery Space Campaign team delivering the petition

Read the full article on the Money Saving Expert website here:


National Day of Action to Stop and Scrap Universal Credit

Disabled against cuts

Disabled campaigners held a national day of action yesterday (Wednesday 17th April) calling on the government to halt the roll-out of its Universal Credit.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Single Mothers’ Self-Defence and WinVisible activists demonstrated in Westminster against the national introduction of the new benefit system.

To find out more about DPAC please visit their website:

You can see the protest reported here:

CQC: Monitoring the Mental Health Act report

“Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17” is the CQC’s annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA), it looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected.

CQC mental health report cover

During 2016/17, the CQC carried out 1,368 monitoring visits, met with 4,114 patients and required 6,475 actions from providers.

Their Second Opinion Appointed Doctor service carried out 14,594 visits to review patient treatment plans, and changed treatment plans in 26% of their visits.

They received 2,353 complaints and enquiries about the way the MHA was applied to patients.

They were notified of 186 deaths of detained patients by natural causes, 54 deaths by unnatural causes and 7 yet to be determined verdicts.

They were notified of 642 absences without leave from secure hospitals.

CQC detentions in hospital

Their findings

They have seen limited or no improvement in the key concerns they have raised in previous years.

They found:

  • 32% (1,034 of 3,253) of care plans reviewed showed no evidence of patient involvement. This was 29% last year.
  • 17% (594 of 3,434) showed no evidence of consideration of the patient’s particular needs. This was 10% last year.
  • 31% (550 of 1,788) showed no evidence of the patient’s views. In 2015/16, 26% had not been recorded.
  • 17% (588 of 3,372) showed no evidence of consideration of the least restrictive options for care. This compares to 10% of records last year.
  • 24% (570 of 2,403) showed no evidence of discharge planning, compared with 32% last year.

To read the whole report visit the CQC website here.