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BMA calls for review of personal health budget scheme following Pulse investigation


Let's see - a person with severe learning disabilities who is self-harming and harming others due to high anxiety will cost the NHS about £4000 a week to "treat" in an ATU. When we say "treat" - what we really mean is for that person to be put under the chemical cosh, in a strange ward, surrounded by strange people who don't really know or understand that person's needs. Alternatively you can spend £1000 on a "summerhouse" - a separate space for the purpose of relaxation and fill it with relaxation/sensory objects that enable the person with severe learning disabilities to feel calm and less anxious and to stop self-harming and harming others. So which would be a better use of NHS money? £4000 a week under the chemical cosh or £1000 on a "summerhouse"? And what would be better for the patient's quality of life? The chemical cosh on a strange ward with strangers "treating" you? Or a relaxing "safe" space where the patient can lower their anxiety levels.

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04 Sep 2015

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