Reality of mental health funding does not meet parity of esteem ambition

21 December 2018

Responding to the King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report, the head of policy at NHS Providers Amber Jabbal said:

“These findings show that among NHS financial directors the reality about funding for mental health services does not meet the ambition of parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

“Although mental health trusts report to have seen an increase in funding, it is vital, as with other commitments to mental health services that the money reaches the front line. Only then will these commitments make a real difference to patients who need to access these services.

Although mental health trusts report to have seen an increase in funding, it is vital, as with other commitments to mental health services that the money reaches the front line.

Amber Jabbal    Head of Policy

“Worryingly, wider pressures on the health and care system are not only affecting access to services but also to the quality of care people receive with less contact time and follow up appointments. Funding pressures and severe workforce shortages in the sector must be addressed if we are to deliver parity of esteem.

Funding pressures and severe workforce shortages in the sector must be addressed if we are to deliver parity of esteem.

Amber Jabbal    Head of Policy

“NHS Providers will be publishing a report in the new year which will set out the extraordinary pressures faced by mental health trusts. The mental health pillar of the NHS long term plan must be realistic and honest about the challenges this sector faces.” 

 

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