Rosena Allin-Khan comments on the Royal College of Psychiatrists survey that shows 43% increase in urgent and emergency appointments
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Mental Health Minister, commenting on the Royal College of Psychiatrists survey that shows 43% increase in urgent and emergency appointments since lockdown, said:
“The scale of the mental health crisis that is emerging in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is truly alarming and should serve as a stark warning for the government.
“With urgent cases rising, coupled with a fall in routine treatments, there is a perfect storm ready to hit already stretched mental health services. These changes in access to services could see some of those most vulnerable dropping off the radar.
“A growing demand for treatment will put pressure on mental health services like never before. The government must ensure that services have the resources they need to cope.”
Notes to Editors
- Royal College of Psychiatrists has released the results of their survey, today [Saturday].
- Key findings:
- 43% of psychiatrists have seen an increase in urgent and emergency cases following the COVID-19 lockdown.
- At the same time, 45% of psychiatrists have seen a fall in their most routine appointments, leading to fears of a ‘tsunami’ of mental illness after the pandemic.
- Psychiatrists are alarmed by both the drop-off in routine work, especially in CAMHS and old age psychiatry, and by the increase in urgent cases.
- RCPsych is calling for investment in mental health services to be prioritised to enable services to cope with a surge in mental health cases after the COVID-19 peak is passed.