Ministers warn mental health cuts causing serious problems, irregular shifts harm memory, and bonfire warning for war veterans
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines
The BBC reports that the Health Select Committee has warned of the ‘serious and deeply ingrained problems’ in children and young person’s mental health services, which Pulse has previously reported have been facing nationwide funding cuts.
Pulse previously reported GPs objections to CCG ‘efficiency’ cuts to mental health services, and ministers said they had concerns that demand was rising amid cuts.
Ministers said they received more submissions of written evidence than in any other inquest this parliament.
Out of hours GPs and those typically working irregular shifts could be at risk of long-term damage to their memory and mental health, the Independent reports.
A French study of more than 3,000 people found those working rotating shifts performed significantly worse in memory and cognitive speed tests, than those working regular hours.
Levels of decline from ten years of shift work were equivalent to an extra six years of age-related cognitive decline.
And finally, the Guardian reports that tonight’s bonfire festivities may cause a spike in post-traumatic stress amongst war-veterans.
The veteran’s mental health charity, Combat Stress, report calls to their hotline increase by 9% in November, linked to the unexpected noises from firework celebrations and stress of Remembrance Sunday proceedings.
Eilidh MacLeod, a senior psychologist at Combat Stress, veterans should avoid alcohol or recreational drugs if they’re struggling with stress, and advises they call the helpline or go to A&E instead.