Responding to new figures uncovered by The Labour Party that show half (50%) of CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) plan to reduce the proportion of their budget they spend on mental health for 2017/18, BMA consultants committee deputy chair and consultant psychiatrist Dr Gary Wannan said:
“The government has been very keen to talk about its commitment to bring the funding and accessibility of mental health services into line with other forms of NHS care which is why it’s so frustrating to see that CCGs plan to reduce the proportion they spend on these vital services.
“It’s very easy to promise investment but it only matters to patients if the money translates into the best care possible, fairly and evenly provided across the country.
“Without increased spending, mental health services are struggling. If patients are fortunate enough to live in an area which has invested in specialised services, the standard of care and support they receive can be pioneering. Meanwhile another patient somewhere else in England may have no choice but to be treated in a bed hundreds of miles away from friends and family.
“The BMA wants to see real parity of esteem between mental health and physical health services so people with mental health problems receive timely care in the right setting and enjoy the best quality of life.”
Notes to Editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional association and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.
- Read more about the BMA's work on mental health here.