In response to Health Service Journal’s analysis showing that a cut in funding for mental health services of 2.3% was leading to a drop in the numbers of doctors, nurses and beds in the sector, IMHSA Chair, Joy Chamberlain, said:
“This research clearly demonstrates the impact that budget cuts are having on mental health services and patients using those services. The evidence backs up the messages that mental health providers have been making for some time.
If we are to achieve parity of esteem for mental health and physical health, and provide better access and choice, mental health services need to be appropriately resourced, well governed and well led – qualities that will be increasingly more difficult to achieve with continued disinvestment in mental health provision. The disproportionate disinvestment in mental health services risks patient outcomes, their safety and quality of care. Only by providing timely, good quality of care, we are able to support people with mental health problems effectively and ultimately achieve efficiencies for the system.
IMHSA fully recognises the pressures on the NHS and remains committed to working in partnership with the health service so that all people with mental health needs get safe, quality care at good value.’
Notes to Editors:
2. IMHSA is a leading group of eleven independent mental health service providers representing over 90% of the independent sector. Members include The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet, Huntercombe, Partnerships in Care, Priory Group, Alpha Hospitals, The Retreat, In Mind, Glencare and St Andrew’s.