Search

NHS cash shortage is putting children with mental issues in hospital, MP Rushanara warns

PUBLISHED: 09:02 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 28 November 2016

MP Rushanara Ali calls for NHS funding for child mental health [Advertiser picture & Google image]

MP Rushanara Ali calls for NHS funding for child mental health [Advertiser picture & Google image]

Archant/Google

Too many schoolchildren in London’s deprived East End are ending up in hospital because of a lack of NHS resources, an MP has warned.

MP Rushanara Ali at NHS GP funding protest in Downing Street 2014MP Rushanara Ali at NHS GP funding protest in Downing Street 2014

Too many schoolchildren with mental issues are ending up in hospital because of a lack of GP resources, an MP has warned.

Around £50-a-head has been allocated for Tower Hamlets 2016-17 financial year for mental health services for children in the community in an area with one of the country’s worst levels of child obesity.

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali says Tower Hamlets is one of the worst local authority areas for spending on child and adolescent mental health services.

“Claims that the Prime Minister is putting an extra £10 billion into our NHS are misleading,” the MP said.

MP Rushanara Ali at a housing  meeting in Old Ford, Bow, 2016MP Rushanara Ali at a housing meeting in Old Ford, Bow, 2016

“There are so many youngsters at risk of severe mental health problems in my constituency — the government has failed to recognise this desperate need.”

Vital mental health services were being underfunded, the MP claims, despite a government pledge of an extra £10 billion for the NHS and a commitment to fund child and adolescent mental health services.

But the £53 being put aside for each child to address their needs is one of the best in the country, Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group points out.

A local NHS Commissioning Group spokesman told the East London Advertiser today: “We have invested funds in the last year to establish new services for eating and conduct disorders.

“Improving the mental health of schoolchildren and young people in Tower Hamlets is an absolute priority for us.”

The commissioning group is working with schoolchildren and local organisations to run a mental health awareness campaign including video, photography and grime tracks produced by young people.

Research by the End Child Poverty Coalition campaign shows 12,072 children living in poverty in MP Rushanara Ali’s east London constituency alone.

This has a knock-on effect that critics say results in mental issues among the young.

One-in-10 schoolchildren in the country between five and 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder, the charity Young Minds has found.

Latest East London News Stories

23 minutes ago

A blaze has broken out in a construction site on the Isle of Dogs close to Canary Wharf.

Police investigating the brutal murder of a father near the doorstep of his home in Bromley-by-Bow have arrested four more people.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

One man has been rushed to hospital after a fire broke out in a block of flats in Bethnal Green.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Round-the-clock fire patrols have been introduced at Whitechapel’s Denning Point tower block in the wake of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The former mayor of Tower Hamlets who was barred from running for office after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices has lost the latest stage of an appeal bid.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Barts Health NHS Trust has been praised for its efforts to recruit more people from working-class backgrounds.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The man at the centre of the £14 million rejuvenation of an educational and heritage centre in Shoreditch has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Detectives are issuing a CCTV image in an appeal this week for public help to track down two men who beat up a customer in a newsagent’s in Poplar.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now