The Independent Mental Health Services Alliancehas expressed deep concern at the findings of a new report from the London School of Economics.

The report reveals that the NHS is failing to provide basic mental health treatments to around 6 million patients, due to misallocation of intended funds and cuts in some areas.

The report also found that a third of families have a member suffering from a mental illness.

Commenting on the findings, IMHSA Chair Dr Alison Rose-Quirie said:

“The Health and Social Care Act, now law, states that mental and physical health must have parity of esteem. However, this report shows that access to even basic mental health services is still extremely patchy.

Even in difficult financial times, it is vital that vulnerable patients receive high quality care. Commissioners must ensure that patients can access the treatments they require to ensure that their needs are fully met. A greater focus on identifying and treating mental health issues will help achieve excellent outcomes for vulnerable patients and minimise escalation of the condition.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information, please contact Gemma Stockwood on 07835770312 or 020 7227 1640

2. About IMHSA: IMHSA is a leading group of independent service providersdedicated to the delivery of improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. Members are: The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet Health, Huntercombe Group, Mental Health Care UK, Partnerships in Care, St Andrew's Healthcare andThe Retreat at York. Collectively we run more than 600 settings across the country, delivering a wide range of high-quality services to adults with mental health problems.