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Personal health budgets scheme forces mental health centre closure


So according to Helen Bright, ex consultant psychiatrist, NHS should spend money on theater tickets and laptops if you are mentally ill. Why not on someone with physical illness then? After an appendisectomy, having an laptop I'm sure will greatly help to brighten their mind. In fact, I have a patient with terminal cancer diagnosis who always wanted to travel the world. Should we not pay for her to go on a world cruise with dedicated medical tam backing her? I'm sure it will be much more helpful then the SSRI she is taking. Perhaps we should then tell many other patinets the local hospice has close to fund one person on a world cruise to keep her happy? The point is, at which point does NHS stop being bearer of all responsibility? And where is the evidence such personal materialistic gifts from tax payers are cost effective treatment? I'm sorry but I disagree with the the ex-NHS doctor above. I suggest looking at broader picture, not just what you fancy doing for the person in front of you.

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11 Aug 2015

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