|A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison (Francis Bacon)|
The King’s Fund has published a new report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, & vice versa, are costing the NHS more than £11bn a year and care is less effective than it could be. The report argues that by integrating physical & mental health care the NHS can improve health outcomes and save money.
The £11bn a year is the collective cost of:
The separation between physical & mental health has a high human cost: the life expectancy for people with severe mental illness (such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia) is 15 to 20 years below that of the general population, largely as a result of physical health conditions.