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Jeremy Dunning

Friday 01 October 2010 16:09

Government plans for closer working between health and social care could be damaged because of savage cuts to local council budgets, doctors’ leaders warned today.

In its response to the health White Paper, the British Medical Association warned that local authority funded care will be affected by budget cuts making it more difficult to commission integrated care pathways and services….

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From Pulse. 15th September 2010

Exclusive: PCTs are cutting Local Enhanced Service funding for counselling and other mental health services, a Pulse investigation reveals.

Our analysis of data obtained from 129 English PCTs under the Freedom of Information Act show nearly a third of trusts providing a mental health LES last year have decided to stop funding them.

Of the 17 trusts who had mental health LESs in place in 2009/10, five said they would not continue funding beyond the last financial year and GPs in these areas have not received any funding since April.

NHS South Gloucestershire scrapped its depression LES, while NHS City and Hackney axed its mental health LES. PCTs in Bristol, Bournemouth and Somerset all cut their LESs that had provided counselling services for people with depression, mental illnesses and drug abuse.

Click here to find out more!A spokesperson for NHS South Gloucestershire said: ‘We did have a LES with GPs with a value of approximately £100,000. This was discontinued when we significantly increased the amount we spend on primary mental health services to approximately £1.2 million. Services are now delivered through an IAPT programme and counselling services delivered by other providers.’

A spokesperson for NHS City and Hackney said: ‘A review by the commissioning of primary care board, which includes GPs in its membership, came to the conclusion that there was an overlap with QOF. Depression in 2010-11 is covered under QOF.’

Since April trusts have received funding from the Department of Health to set up IAPT services as part of their baseline budgets, rather than as direct DH grants to pilot areas as previously. Mental health campaign groups have warned that the lack of ringfenced funds meant existing talking treatments and counselling services are being edged out in some areas….

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From Nursery World. 15th September 2010

Early intervention services in the NHS that promote infant mental health and attachment are being targeted for cuts in some areas, a leading child psychiatrist has warned.

Dr Shirley Gracias, a consultant in infant, child and adolescent psychiatry, and ex-chair of the Association for Infant Mental Health UK (AIMH UK), commented following the International Association for the Study of Attachment, which took place at the end of August.

She said, ‘I am alarmed by the approach being taken by some in the NHS towards the mental health of infants. Helping parents to form attachments with their babies is being seen as a dispensable luxury, with funding being withdrawn……

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From the Herald. 14th September 2010

Hundreds of desperate families in Scotland are living in fear of losing out on £61m of funding due to government cutbacks.

The money is Scotland’s share of the Independent Living Fund, a £360m pot for some of the most disabled people in the UK, which was set up to help those who choose to live in the community rather than in residential care.

In some cases, families use the money to pay for additional carers to enable disabled adults to have a social life, or take part in sports or other activities. For many it helps to provide a break for family members who often undertake hours of unpaid caring duties.

Disability campaigners were already concerned about a decision taken earlier this year to refuse applications from anyone not working a minimum of 16 hours a week. Then in June, after two months of the financial year, the fund was effectively closed for business as it had run out of money for new applicants.

Now, officials within the Department for Work and Pensions have warned a Scottish disability project that the fund could be handed over to local councils, or the Department of Health, but with no money to fund new applicants. After that it could face complete closure within four years…..

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From Children and Young People Now. 14th September 2010

Local authorities are cutting budgets for disabled children pre-emptively in the belief that funding will not be available for services from April, according to a report.

The study by Every Disabled Child Matters, based on the responses of 41 families and professionals, highlights concerns that despite substantial investment through the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme over the past year, some areas have slashed services for disabled children in an attempt to reduce budgets.

The report, Close to Crisis: Frontline Service Cuts for Disabled Children, raises concerns that swingeing cuts to local services will result in a long-term increase in government spending because families will fall back on expensive crisis support….

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Cuts Watch #244: Services for Disabled Children

Posted at 8:22 am on 15 Sep 10 by Richard Exell

A survey by Every Disabled Child Matters reveals that local authorities are already cutting services for disabled children and their parents including short breaks, play and leisure, education, transport, health, training and equipment. Close to Crisis: Frontline service cuts for disabled children is based on a survey of EDCM’s members over the summer, and it found that voluntary groups working with disabled children and their families are afraid that cuts next year will damage the services they rely on and some local authorities are already making cuts assuming that central government funding will no longer be available from next April….

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From Community Care. 15th September 2010

Eight in 10 councils in England will not meet adult service users’ moderate care needs by next year on current trends, exclusive Community Care research reveals.

A survey, based on Freedom of Information requests, found three-quarters of councils now meet critical or substantial care needs only.

But this will rise to 80% by next year under plans to tighten thresholds by councils currently supporting people’s moderate care needs. This represents a sharp decline in provision from 2006, when 53% of councils supported moderate needs….

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