Mental health services for young people to receive £143m funding
The government plans to invest £143m into improving mental health services for young people in England.
The funding is part of a £1.25bn package of increased spending on young people’s mental health services that was announced in March’s budget, reports the BBC.
It is likely that the details will include a guarantee that by 202095% of patients will be seen within four weeks of being referred.
A department spokeswoman has said that mental health spending has been reduced this year to ensure money was properly invested.
Sarah Brennan, head of the charity Young Minds, said: “I’m not worried about how much they are spending this year as long as it’s spent well, that the money is spent intelligently. They should use it to gear up this year, organise themselves and hire the right staff, allowing them to make next year a year of real transformation.”
Former care minister Norman Lamb has said: “We also have to ensure that the government don’t cut the money they give other areas of mental health funding, such as local authorities, who fund many psychiatric services for young people.”
Dr Martin McShane, national clinical director for long-term conditions at NHS England, said: “The number of children and young people with an eating disorder is on the rise and it is right that the government has made this a priority and that we now have a clear waiting time standard. It is clinically proven that patients recover most quickly when we treat them as early and as close to home as possible. By prioritising our focus on doing this we can minimise the number of young people who end up needing more specialised in-patient care.”
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