Funds for mental health must reach the front line if Prime Minister’s vision is to be realised

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Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on mental health care and social reform, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:

‘We welcome the Prime Minister’s recognition of the importance of improving mental health care in creating a fairer society that works for everyone.

‘It is now essential that extra funds for mental health reach the front line, as our recent analysis suggested that promised increases in funding have not materialised in many areas.

‘We also welcome her recognition of the vital role of schools and businesses in promoting mental wellbeing. Our concern is how these ambitions will be achieved when public health, early years provision, and other social support services are seeing their budgets cut.’

Notes to editors

Recent analysis by The King’s Fund found that promised increases in funding for mental health services have not materialised in many areas of the country.

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