Published: 01/07/2004, Volume II3, No. 5912 Page 9

Over half of mental health chief executives polled in a HSJ survey do not believe that their organisation is institutionally racist.

A report on psychiatric patient Rocky Bennett, who died in a mental health hospital, concluded that mental health services are inherently racist, but 57 per cent of surveyed chief executives said they were very confident and 12 per cent confident that their organisation was not.

The new quarterly survey of mental health bosses also revealed that 50 per cent were either unconfident or very unconfident about the ability of their commissioners to supply adequate funds.

The adequacy of funding was scored at an average of 3.8 out of 10.

Respondents were reasonably confident on meeting targets to set up early intervention and crisis resolution teams; almost half were confident of establishing them in time for the end-of-year deadline.

But readmission rates and bed occupancy rates remained high at an average of 9.9 per cent and 101.5 per cent respectively.