Monday, June 7, 2010

Chronic underfunding

A letter to the editor published in today's edition of The Chronicle Herald:
John McPhee’s worrying page-one article on June 2 refers to the fact that in Nova Scotia only 3.5 per cent of the health budget goes to mental health services. This contrasts sadly with 10 per cent allocated to mental health services in the U.K.

Is it any wonder, therefore, that our mental health services — for adults and the elderly as well as for children and adolescents — are in serious difficulties?

William O. McCormick, psychiatrist, Mental Health Services Bedford/Sackville

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