The recent determination by NHS England and the wellness regulator Check to suggest cutting funding for mental wellness providers by 20% a lot more than that for acute hospitals completely contravenes the government’s guarantee to put mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing and will place lives at chance.
Following Mid Staffs, all NHS services have been obliged to comply with the Francis report to increase care and security for patients. NHS England funded the additional costs of implementing these recommendations, nevertheless it withheld this from psychological well being services – generating a considerable budget shortfall. Not only does this send out a disturbing and deeply disappointing message, it is likely to have far-reaching consequences for men and women with mental sickness.
Psychological overall health is chronically underfunded. It accounts for 28% of the illness burden, but will get just 13% of the NHS budget. Psychological health solutions are straining at the seams and these new cuts will suggest support is slashed in response to instructions from NHS England. This determination will cost a lot far more in the long term as it will drive up admissions to A&E and the quantity of folks reaching crisis and needing high-priced hospital care.
Mid Staffs was 1 of the most significant tragedies the NHS has ever faced. People died since these in charge failed to react to repeated warnings that things have been going wrong. Let’s not make the same error twice. Time is running out we urge NHS England and Check to do the proper thing and resolve this issue swiftly.
Sean Duggan Chief executive, Centre for Psychological Well being, Jenny Edwards CEO, Mental Health Basis, Stephen Dalton Chief executive, Mental Health Network, Paul Farmer CEO, Thoughts, Mark Winstanley CEO, Rethink Psychological Sickness, Professor Sue Bailey President of the Royal School of Psychiatrists