Boost mental health funds or face sanctions – NHS England crackdown to ensure more cash reaches frontline.
The Guardian is reporting today that NHS England has written to all 207 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to warn that they must deliver on a key NHS-wide funding pledge in order to meet the rising demand for help.
NHS England’s national mental health director has ordered CCGs to ensure they boost spending on mental health by more than their overall annual budget increase.
NHS bosses are reportedly using the policy to increase funding for psychological and psychiatric services, after concern they have endured years of underinvestment.
The prime minister, Theresa May, has made improving mental health support one of her key domestic policies, as part of her assault on the ‘burning injustices’ in British Society.
Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/04/nhs-england-mental-health-provision-boost-spending-or-face-sanctions
Inquest Legal Director – Peter Wade:
“Any sort of pressure, be it government, political or through media, which results in increase funding for psychological and psychiatric services is welcome. Far too many tragedies; unnecessary deaths caused or contributed to by shortcomings in mental health provision are highlighted through Inquests and NHS serious untoward incident reports in the UK each year. Hopefully the sanctions threatened by NHS England will have the desired effect, and impact positively on this historically underfunded, but vital area of UK healthcare provision”.
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