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Mental health trusts ‘likely to see reduced budgets’

8th May 2015

A new report has indicated that mental health trusts in England are widely expecting a reduction in their budgets over the next four years.

Figures obtained by BBC News from three-quarters of trusts indicates that income is expected to fall by eight percent in real terms from 2014-15 to 2018-19, though it should be noted that these figures came before extra money was promised in the last Budget.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said it would not be possible to give an accurate forecast until David Cameron's new government conducts a spending review later this year.

Anita Charlesworth, chief economist of the Health Foundation, said: "What we are seeing is potentially real-terms resources falling, against a backdrop of growing need and already real concerns about whether there is the quality of care."

The previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition stated that it would be making efforts to ensure mental and physical health are treated with equal importance within the NHS.

Pledges to spend more on mental health care were made by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and UKIP in the lead-up to the election.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801786724-ADNFCR

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