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Sean Duggan: NHS England plan has welcome mental health focus but delayed funding is affecting services

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Sean Duggan

Responding to NHS England’s delivery plan (31 March 2017), Mental Health Network Chief Executive Sean Duggan said:

“We welcome NHS England’s reaffirmation of the importance of mental health services and their vital role in overall public health.

“Mental health services are working hard to deliver the Five Year Forward View and are frontrunners in NHS local engagement and transformation of care.

“However significant shortfalls in funding threaten to undermine local progress. Mental health services are still not receiving funding they were promised and are not receiving parity with physical services, even in areas where they are incredibly stretched.

"NHS England is beginning to help us track investment and identify gaps, however delays are already forcing many mental health trusts to make difficult choices about what services to provide. Mental health is worsening among children and there is too much variation in the care available to people of all ages, so we need to get these problems fixed.”

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