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Mental Health Network comments on Schizophrenia Commission report

Paddy Cooney says improving care of people with schizophrenia will require greater joint working within the NHS and a change in attitude.Paddy Cooney, interim director of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, said:

"This is an important report from the Schizophrenia Commission and one whose recommendations everyone in the health service should read carefully.

"There is plenty of good work going on in the NHS to improve the care that people with schizophrenia receive. This report highlights many examples of these. But we still hear too many unacceptable stories about people not receiving the right care in the right settings, or of people's physical health not being properly looked after.

"Improving the health and care of people with schizophrenia will require real progress in the kinds of treatments and therapies we provide, and greater joint working to improve the access service users have to wider NHS services. Most importantly, it will require a change in attitude to the way the NHS, and society as a whole, views people living with this condition.

"The Commission reiterates that the most successful interventions occur when people play an active role in shaping their own care plans to achieve the outcomes important to them, and where carers are closely involved.

"We look forward to working with Rethink Mental Illness and members of the Schizophrenia Commission to take forward the report's recommendations."

Notes to Editors

The Mental Health Network represents the majority of mental health trusts. It was launched in spring 2007 to provide a distinct voice for providers of NHS mental health services. The Network is part of the NHS Confederation.

The NHS Confederation represents all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS. We help the NHS to guarantee high standards of care for patients and best value for taxpayers by representing our members and working together with our health and social care partners.

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