Care UK slams cuts to mental health services


Posted on February 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, March 2014

Care UK’s mental health director Dr Alison Rose-Quirie has voiced concerned about cuts to funding mental health services.

In mid-December the BBC published figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which showed that mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years.

“As demand, quite rightly, grows for high quality, publicly-funded mental health services, what amounts to a two per cent cut in mental health funding is bad news for patients, their families and society,” said Dr Rose-Quirie in response to the BBC’s revelation.

“These cutbacks are completely at odds with the way this government talks about how it wants to give the same importance to mental health services and recovery as it does to physical health. Patients and their families are already living with a significant historic lack of investment in mental health services and this is going to make the situation worse not better.”

Care UK runs a number of facilities and is investing in new residential services in places like Hull and Walsall for patients with long term mental health conditions.

On top of the recent cutbacks in funding, Monitor is also recommending a further 1.9% reduction in rates the NHS will pay for all health services for 2014/15.

“Like other providers of mental health services, we understand the severity of pressures on the NHS. We’ve worked hard to find ways of delivering even greater efficiencies but there is little more we can do without it having an impact on services,” said Dr Rose-Quirie.

“Proper sustained recovery from mental health conditions gets people back into work, they can live independently in the community rather than in hospitals and it can even prevent some people from ending up in prison. Society can’t afford not to invest in mental health.”





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

A weary sense of deja vu

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

So we are to be favoured with a Green Paper sometime next summer.

Theresa May’s insistence on the importance of an...

It’s a hard, hard world

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

A recent survey has found that 63% of the general public believe the NHS provides social care and 42% think...

Sign-up and pay, or perhaps pay more

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There are powerful arguments why carers working at night in small specialist care facilities should be paid their full hourly...