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Is the ED the right place for someone experiencing a mental health crisis?

The government’s announcement of a major investment in mental health provision in emergency care has been welcomed, but the RCN highlights the ‘paucity of services available’
Mental health

The government’s announcement of a major investment in mental health provision in emergency care has been welcomed, but the RCN highlights the ‘paucity of services available’

In his autumn budget, the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said mental health funding would rise by at least £2 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24.

£2 billion

extra a year spent on mental health by 2023-24

That represents a significant chunk of the extra £20 billion available and will be invested in new crisis services, including extra mental health support in the 111 service, more crisis support in the community and mental health liaison teams in all emergency departments (EDs).

‘Extraordinary commitment’

Mr Hammond said there were ‘few more pressing demands’ than mental health so it was only right the government in England had made

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