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Sean Duggan: Health Foundation report gives more evidence of funding shortfall

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Sean Duggan

Responding to the Health Foundation report 'A year of plenty? An analysis of NHS finances and consultant productivity', Mental Health Network Chief Executive Sean Duggan said: 

“This welcome report gives yet more evidence that mental health services are still not receiving the funding they were promised and are not receiving parity with physical services, despite an urgent need for funding. This shortfall threatens to undermine the incredible efforts of mental health trusts and their staff, who are keeping patients safe and transforming services in the face of increasing pressures.

“Time and again we have called for more transparency around where promised funding is going. NHS England’s recently-launched dashboard is beginning to make the picture clearer, however for many mental health trusts the missing funding is already forcing difficult choices about what services to provide.”

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