Chancellor announces funding for comprehensive mental health crisis service

Henrietta Strickland
November 1, 2018

Delegates will also consider priorities for Transition and Adult services - looking at the Welsh Government's pilot funding scheme to promote social prescribing and community based care, and steps that might be taken to build on the findings of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's Inquiry into Suicide Prevention.

"Whilst we note the chancellor's announcement on the future of PFI, a number of trusts with particularly onerous existing PFI contracts will need further financial support if they are to meet the prime minister's stipulation that no NHS organisation should be in financial deficit over the medium term".

"But the fact remains that the extra £20 billion for the NHS that Theresa May announced in June - and yesterday;s pledge comes from that pot - is nowhere near enough to heal the wounds caused by eight years of Tory cuts to our health service".

With many saying that this funding will only serve to get the basics back on track, and NHS Confederation responded to the Budget by warning of "very tough" next few years and called social care the government's "Achilles heel". Also, a further £410 million is being streamed into adults and children's social care in 2019/20.

"This means we will struggle on for another year".

Children and young people's crisis teams will be available in all parts of the country, while funding will be increased for mental health ambulances.

Kevin Gardner has been CEO of the charity for 18 months and said: 'Clearly we welcome any investment into mental health services, there has been under investment in the NHS for decades.

"As the third-largest health profession, pharmacists working across the NHS can play a key role in closing the gap between people's physical and mental health". The overwhelming feeling from the Budget is that while there has been some positive progress, much more needs to be done.

While extra support for mental health crisis services has been widely welcomed, Richard Coe, project director at Kajima Partnerships, drew attention to the need for "an integrated system of rehabilitation and recovery supported by modern, community-centred buildings, with hospitals no longer viewed merely as standalone treatment centres but as part of the wider community".

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the chancellor had "produced a Budget that tells patients nothing". But we had not yet heard what the equivalent settlement would be for vital NHS functions outside the so-called "front line" ring fence, such as public health, workforce training and capital investment.

"We desperately need to see the long-promised Green Paper, which we hope will set out a proper, long-term solution to the social care crisis".

"While the sums all add up, the Chancellor again missed an opportunity to be frank with the public about the need to fund essential services properly". We want to protect what makes Camden the great place it is.

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