David Cameron entered office in 2010 as the leader of a coalition government committed to establishing “parity of esteem” between mental and physical illness in the NHS. Five years later, he’s back as PM, presiding over a majority Tory government, and just about everyone in the country who works with the mentally ill – including the patients – are quaking in their boots. Spending on mental health now comprises just 13 per cent of the NHS budget, while its so-called “disease burden” stands at 23 per cent. In other words, a fifth of all those treated by the NHS are suffering from some sort of mental pathology.
Watch Will Self talking about a care home for the novel, rather than death, the meaning of his novella Leberknödel and much more:
Also, Will gave a reading from his latest novel, Shark, which is published in paperback on 5 March by Penguin:
Watch Will Self talking about death at an RSA event tonight at 6.30pm.
Read an edited version of this year’s Richard Hillary memorial lecture, to be given tomorrow at the Gulbenkian theatre, St Cross Building, Oxford, at the Guardian here.
Watch Will Self on Newsnight talking about addiction, after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Watch Will Self debating the motion “We’ve Never Had it so Good” with Rod Liddle, Rachel Johnson and Jesse Norman, in this recent Intelligence Squared debate.