Friday, 20 September 2013

Clinical Commissioning Group rationing mental health services - a witness to NHS privatisation

I had an appointment with my NHS psychiatrist today to discuss my ongoing treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. (I'm comfortable with openly talking about this). He has also diagnosed me as possibly being on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. It would obviously be helpful to undergo a diagnostic interview to confirm this decisively, but the waiting list for this test is particularly long. I was informed that this is due to the local Clinical Commissioning Group, which under new English NHS legislation decides allocation of funding for services within the local NHS trust, has provided funding to employ only one respective assessor for adults with suspected autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Though treatment and diagnoses for children with autism, ADHD and other disorders is expansive, no funding for any NHS treatment for adults with these conditions is provided by the CCG in the trust I am being treated by. This is apparently because they view autism, for example, as a "condition" rather than an "illness", despite (as noted by the psychiatrist) the sociological and neurological problems it causes frequently resulting in mental health problems in adults.

Of course, one can have immediate access to these treatments or diagnostic services if they are payed for privately...

Today I witnessed an example of what the 2012 Health and Social Care Act is doing to the National Health Service in England: a Clinical Commissioning Group, likely controlled with private healthcare industry interests in mind, rationing and cherrypicking provision of NHS mental health services to vulnerable adults on behalf of those profiteers providing them at a charge.

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