27 MAY 2015

GregĀ’s campaign to improve mental health services for children & young people backed up by new CQC report

A report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on community mental health services for children and young people in Kent gave the service an overall rating of "Requires Improvement".

The CQC has told Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who currently run the service, to take urgent action in a number of key areas including reducing waiting times for assessment & treatment, increasing staffing levels and monitoring the physical health of young people on psychotropic drugs.

Greg, who has been campaigning to improve the local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Health Service (CAMHS), commented:

"This CQC report has highlighted a number of very serious deficiencies with the Kent CAMHS service - many of which I have been pursuing directly with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since they took over the contract in 2012.

"I very much hope that we shall now see a significant improvement in things like waiting times now that the CQC is legally requiring the NHS Trust to take action.

"It is just not acceptable that families across Kent continue to suffer from this sub-standard service. It is vitally important that young people receive timely and appropriate treatment on the same basis as a physical ailment and I will not rest until I am absolutely assured that this is the case."

To see a copy of the CQC report, please click here.

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