Analysis

Get the balance right: what the NHS has to do to improve mental health services

A report by The King's Fund reveals the fundamental problems that mental health services in England face compared with other services, which has created an increasingly unstable working environment

Cash shortages and unsafe staffing levels are stopping the government achieving ‘parity of esteem’ between physical and mental health, according to a recent King’s Fund report.

In 2013, the investment to boost mental health services consisted of the government committing £1.25 billion for child and adolescent mental healthcare and £1 billion to support the delivery of its national strategy for adult mental health.

The King’s Fund research revealed that between 2012-13 and 2013-14, approximately 40% of mental health trusts received a reduction in their budgets, rising to 50% in 2014-15 to 2015-16. However, in 2016-2017, 84% of mental health trusts received an increase in funding.

Inadequate funding and its effects

13%

Reduction in full-time equivalent mental health nurses between September 2009 and August 2017

The report, Funding and Staffing of NHS Mental Health Providers: Still Waiting

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