In response to a new poll on behalf of NHS Providers which found the majority of the public would like to see more investment in mental health services, BMA consultants committee mental health lead Dr Andrew Molodynski said:
"Despite chronic underinvestment in the UK’s health infrastructure, especially in mental health services, this timely poll shows the majority of people are still satisfied with the standard of care they receive from the NHS. But people are rightly worried for its future, in this 70th anniversary year, and the appetite for further investment in mental health grows.
"Even though the government claims mental and physical health services are treated equally, mental healthcare has only seen a scattering of uplifts in particular services or areas. Children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are still not receiving the money they need to deal with increasing demand, to the point where most professionals feel funding levels have made them less able to do their job.1
"These results are another reminder to the government that they must increase the support to mental health services to more closely match the burden of mental health problems in England."
Notes to Editors
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1 - In a 2017 BMA survey of CAMHS professionals, 91% of respondents felt that CAMHS is poorly funded, and 58% felt that changes to CAMHS funding levels had made them less able to do their job. - https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/mental-health/funding-mental-health-services
- Read the BMA’s latest briefing paper on mental health services here.
- Find out more about the NHS Providers polling results here.