Scrutiny launches follow up mental health review

1st February 2022

Today, the Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel has launched a follow up review  of the Government's mental health services. The Panel's first 'Assessment of Mental Health Services' report was published on 6 March 2019 and featured 24 key findings, including long waiting times to access mental health services and a lack of investment over a sustained period of time.

The follow up review will evaluate and provide commentary on:

  • What progress has been made implementing the recommendations made in 2019
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the provision of mental health services
  • How the £500,000 of additional funding for mental health services, as approved by the Panel's Amendment to the Government Plan 2022-25, will be used

As part of the review, the Panel is writing to Islanders and organisations who contributed to the 2019 review, encouraging those who have used Jersey's mental health services to share their views with the Panel. Public hearings will also be held with the Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, and the Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, to explore what is being done to improve the mental health of Islanders.

Chair of the Health and Social Security Scrutiny Panel, Deputy Mary Le Hegarat, said: "Mental health services are of vital importance to the Island and we are keen to know whether the needs of the community are being met and to ensure that the detailed recommendations made by the Panel in 2019 have been followed up on."

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