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Independents' Day

PM outlines investment for mental health services

The Prime Minister is set to outline plans for a more ‘mature’ approach to the mental health system today by pledging to invest nearly £1 billion to enhance mental health services across England.

Money will be injected into specialist care for new mothers and for increased mental health support in every hospital emergency department across the country.

There is set to be expanded services for teenagers suffering from eating disorders - including the introduction of waiting time targets - as well as plans to provide 24/7 mental health treatment in communities by funding more crisis resolution and home treatment teams.

The announcement follows recommendations for improving mental health services by NHS England, and Mr Cameron’s pledge forms part of a taskforce report that will be published in the coming weeks, detailing plans for mental health in the NHS over the next five years.

It comes as part of a speech being given by the Prime Minister on the Government’s plans to improve prospects for vulnerable individuals and to put an end to poverty.

David Cameron hopes his speech will tackle the ‘taboo’ of mental health and is expected to say: ‘We need to take away that shame, that embarrassment, let people know that they’re not in this alone, that when the clouds descend, they don’t have to suffer silently.

‘I want us to be able to say to anyone who is struggling, ”talk to someone, ask your doctor for help and we will always be there to support you”.’

Critics of the investment believe that Cameron’s plans are ‘too little, too late’, with Luciana Berger, Labour’s shadow minister for mental health, saying: ‘On David Cameron’s watch, mental health spending dropped for the first time in a decade.

‘He has presided over service cuts, staff shortages and widespread poor-quality care.’

Ms Berger believes the funding has also neglected the issue of prevention, stating: ‘It is deeply worrying that so little attention is given to preventing people from needing these services in the first place.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • Usual government modus operandi.

    1. Underfund service.
    2. Wait until it is on the verge of or has actually collapsed.
    3. Reintroduce funding to a fanfare.
    4. Repeat cycle

    So predictable. Bunch of arrogant toffs.

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  • Political crap - purely so he can make a speach and act like he's saving a service he's been instrumental in destroying.

    Comes up with a list of specific 'worthy' mental health issues he - as a clueless politician - wants to spend our money on at the expense of everything else that's not so 'now' or 'sexy' - just so he can sound good on the telly.

    People aren't stupid ....this is why no one has any respect or trust in politicians ...because they're full of s€$t

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  • "Money will be injected into specialist care for new mothers and for increased mental health support in every hospital emergency department across the country."

    All CCGs are already planning in their budgets for increased mental health support in ED. So probably no new money there, just ringfencing. Either way the motive is, at least in part, to improve the 4 hour target for ED.

    Post-natal depression is obviously a worthy cause but what about the 84 men who die from suicide in the UK every week?

    Who really chooses the priorities? Public Health doctors or politicians?

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