Log In
Tuesday 25th June 2019

People with skin conditions need more help

5th July 2012

A report from the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) says the government should provide more funding for services to help people with skin conditions.

Hands Young and Old

Half the country’s population suffer from some form of skin problem every year with acne, eczema and psoriasis the most common and nearly 25% of people visit their GP with a skin problem.

Problems can often cause stress which can affect relationships, work and social life and the BDA is concerned that specialist services to deal with such psychological effects are not good enough.

Dermatologist and BAD chairman Tony Bewley said: “Having a skin condition can really affect your confidence and self-esteem. Eighty-five per cent of our patients are worried about the impact it can have on their mental health.”

He said the government needs to make sure adequate resources are provided at a national and regional level.

“This is important for our patients’ psychological well-being,” he added.

The Department of Health says responsibility for referrals for treatment lies with GPs, though with only a limited number of services, there are concerns patients cannot always manage to travel long distances for the treatment they need.

BAD has raised concerns as early as 2003, when it produced a report recommending more specialist services for patients but since then two psychodermatology services have closed see the total number in the UK drop from nine to seven in the UK.

With the planned changes to the NHS and financial constraints the association is concerned that more psychodermatology departments could close.


Share this page



Thursday 5th July 2012 @ 11:11

This article is factually incorrect. The report was presented at the British Association of Dermatologists conference this week and authored by Tony Bewley - a consultant dermatologist who works with the BAD but who is not its chairman.

John Davidson

Thursday 5th July 2012 @ 14:23

At the end of the day each sufferer has different symptoms, causes, and remedies. Sharing tips and advice on suitable remedies is the best cause of action. There's a lot of 'miracle creams' out there making amazing claims, which usually on closer scrutiny are no more than placebos.

There's a good site from a company that seems to have been around longer than most- which clearly indicates they no what they are talking about and they have a huge following.

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2019