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Mental health services ‘have seen real-terms budget reduction under coalition’

24th March 2015

Funding support for NHS mental health services has been reduced to a damaging extent under the current government, according to a new report.

Research by BBC News and the online journal Community Care has indicated that mental health trusts in England have seen their budgets fall by more than eight percent in real terms over the current parliament, resulting in a shortfall of almost 600 million pounds.

This is despite the fact that referrals to community mental health teams have risen nearly 20 percent over the same timeframe. Certain trusts, such as Pennine Care and Lincolnshire, have seen funding increases, but most have suffered cuts, with areas including Leicestershire and West London seeing above-average losses.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, said: "We need to see a permanent increase in the NHS mental health budget of at least one billion pounds if we are to reverse the damage caused by years of neglect and recent cuts."

The figures would appear to contradict the government's stated commitment to making mental health an equal priority to physical health, as well as deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's recent pledge to tackle the number of suicides within the NHS.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801781038-ADNFCR

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