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