In response to today’s reports that the overall spending in mental health services has seen a 2% cut
in real terms, IMHSA chair Alison Rose-Quirie said:
“IMHSA is deeply concerned by today’s findings, which are especially worrying in light of Monitor’s recommendation of a further 1.9% reduction in rates for 2014/15. This can’t be good for mental health patients.
“This disinvestment is completely at odds with the stated government priority to achieve parity of esteem for mental health and physical health and certainly will not address the significant historic disinvestment in mental health services. Once again, mental health services are to lose out when it is recognised that people need more from us, not less.”
“IMHSA is fully aware of the severity of the pressures on the NHS and providers have worked hard to realise efficiencies in the services they offer. A standard 1.9% reduction fails to recognise the efficiencies that different mental health providers have already generated nor the differential cost base from which they start.
“IMHSA remains committed to working in partnership with the NHS during this challenging time to create long term efficiencies to the benefit of patients and taxpayers. It is proven that investment in mental health services leads to cost savings elsewhere in public services, so it cannot be right to be cutting funding in mental health at this sensitive time.”
Notes to Editors:
2. IMHSA is a leading group of independent mental health service providers. Members include The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet, Huntercombe, Partnerships in Care, Priory Group, Alpha Hospitals, The Retreat and St Andrew’s. We are dedicated to delivering improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. Collectively we run more than 600 settings across the country.
1. The Department for Health has cancelled the annual study of spending in mental health services for 2013.