In response to today’s report from the Chief Medical Officer on priorities for mental health, including the need to address the existing treatment gap and to support efforts to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health, IMHSA chair Joy Chamberlain said:

“IMHSA welcomes today’s report from the Chief Medical Officer.  The report clearly demonstrates that there is substantial unmet need for mental health services and the significant impact that this can have, not only on vulnerable patients but also on the economy.

The real terms fall in investment in mental health expenditure highlighted in the report has limited patient choice and access to services.  Unless this funding gap is rectified the goal of achieving safe, integrated mental and physical healthcare as outlined in the report will not be met and efforts to bring about parity of esteem and meaningful outcomes in mental and physical health will be damaged.  

IMHSA is committed to working in partnership with the health and social care sector to ensure that everyone with a mental health need is able to receive support at best value. We hope that the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations will be given full consideration so that patients are able to access timely, safe, quality services that provide them with the support that they need.”



Notes to Editors:

  1. For more information, please contact Rebecca Brake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0203 102 3621
  1. 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.