No more budget cuts, says the King’s Trust

November 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Mental health services funding cutsFunding cuts are putting mental health services under a ‘huge amount of strain’, says English think tank the King’s Fund.

The English health charity has published a report called ‘Mental Health under Pressure’, which states that large-scale changes to mental health services are having a negative impact on patient care.

The briefing revealed that there is widespread evidence of poor-quality care, with only 14 per cent of patients saying that they received appropriate care in a crisis.

It also found that bed occupancy rates are routinely exceeding recommended levels.

Around 40 per cent of mental health trusts have experienced cuts to their budget over the past two financial years, the report disclosed.

The King’s Fund said: “As [trusts’] financial situation deteriorates, many are considering a further wave of large-scale changes, which could further destabilise services and reduce the quality of care for patients.

“They need to focus on using evidence to improve practice and reduce variations in care, but it is essential that this is underpinned by stable funding, with no more cuts to budgets.”

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Consultation on NHS England mandate

November 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Public consultation on a mandate which sets the Government’s objectives and budgets for NHS England 2016-17, is now open.

The consultation document highlights the Government’s proposed approach and the strategic priorities that will form the new mandate.

One of the Government’s objectives for NHS England is for it to ‘continue to strive to improve, and reduce inequalities in, physical and mental health outcomes for all’.

The report also states, under the Government’s priority to transform out-of-hospital care, that there is ‘much more to be done to ensure mental and physical health are considered equal, while care for people special educational needs and learning disabilities needs further improvement’.

To take part in the consultation, click here. The deadline for responses is 23rd November, 2015.

The mandate will then be finalised in light of responses, and the outcome of the Government’s Spending Review, ahead of publication in December 2015.


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