Jeremy Hunt was owned by Ralf Little on mental health and it’s a joy from start to finish The Poke

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Jeremy Hunt ‘double dared’ Ralf Little to challenge him over the government track record on mental health care.

So the Royle Family actor did just that, taking down the so-called health secretary one glorious tweet at a time. It goes on a bit – there are 44 of them – but it’s worth every second of your time.

We think this might be our favourite bit, when he tells Hunt:

“So in actual fact you are quoting a figure to state your position and measure your successes… that NO ONE CAN CONFIRM. I don’t blame you – if no one kept a record of Oscar winners I’d be telling everyone I’ve got four.”

Mr Little, it’s over to you.

So if statistics and facts aren’t your thing and you only follow me for the silly jokes – look away now. But if you care about accountability and the NHS, read and RT this THREAD written in reply to @Jeremy_Hunt👇👇👇

(2) You said to find a European country that’s “done better”&“faster” than your quoted statistics. But firstly, are those stats legitimate?

(3) REPOST with correct link…

FactCheck already proved you lied about mental health worker numbers, which you had to admit to…https://t.co/H2pqAXunoF

(4) So before I start with my task at hand, let’s examine your latest stats more carefully.
“4,300 more employed by mental health trusts”

(6) Also according to https://t.co/L9LHiYfJm0 we have 14% fewer mental health nurses than we did in 2010.
In real terms this amounts to 6000. Six. Thousand. FEWER. Nurses.

(7) Psychiatry doctor numbers have remained almost flat, in fact falling slightly:
We now have 170 FEWER fully trained doctors now vs 2010.

(8) The future doesn’t look great either – training for new psychiatry specialists fell to only 69% of places filled this year after two rounds https://t.co/VJpUrOhhdn

(9) If these are just boring stats for you (and anyone else reading) let me summarise…

The mental health workforce in England is around 210,000 staff…

(10) Therefore an additional 4300 more “employees”, (not necessarily doctors or nurses), is JUST a 2% increase over 7 years. Meanwhile the WORKLOAD INCREASED by 28%.

(11) Now I appreciate this is a difficult problem to overcome, but it’s your job. Firing out misleading stats on Andrew #Marr and Twitter helps no one, except perhaps you.

“1400 more treated every day since 2010.”

(13) Seems ok at 1st glance, but unfortunately for you, https://t.co/p1A9bhLIgi have stated this figure is UNVERIFIABLE as they have changed the methods of measuring mental health user statistics over the time period.

(14) In addition, this figure was then confirmed UNVERIFIABLE by NHS Digital, the very people who created the graph in the first place! https://t.co/eJqUrBPseE

(15) So in actual fact you are quoting a figure to state your position and measure your successes… that NO ONE CAN CONFIRM.

(16) I don’t blame you – if no one kept a record of Oscar winners I’d be telling everyone I’ve got four. #quadrupleOscarwinner#Boom

(17) There’s another problem with this claim of yours. To get technical, quoting this as people “treated” is also misleading, as what the graph specifically shows is number of people “IN CONTACT WITH” a doctor.

(18) In the REAL world, outside of graphs and stats, that’s an important distinction that someone in your position really should be aware of.

(19) It could be the difference between seeing a doctor for an initial consultation (“in contact with”) and actually prescribed a treatment plan with medication/follow up/therapy (“treated”)

(20) In terms of patient experience and care, that’s a HUGE difference.

To reword this statistic from “in contact with” to “treated” is horribly inaccurate, misleading, and simply NOT THE REAL TRUTH.

(21) So… Either you know it’s a lie and you said it anyway, or you were genuinely unaware of the distinction.

Instead of name calling, I’ll choose to believe you were unaware and said it in good faith.

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