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Mental Health Funding 'Needs to Rise by 50%'

Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Health Funding 'Needs to Rise by 50%'

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Spending on mental health care needs to rise by 50% in real terms if the government's ambitious policy framework is to be successfully implemented, campaigners are warning.

A new report from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, published on January 12, said staff numbers would have to rise by almost 40% to roll out the National Service Framework to the agreed timetable.

Spending on mental health services has been 'unprecedented' in recent years, the report said, with a 7% real-terms rise between 1999/2000 and 2005/06. But even though the total should reach £6bn by 2010/11, it would need to reach £7.5bn to fulfil NSF requirements.

In staffing terms, numbers would need to be boosted by 38% between 2005/06 and 2010/11, the report adds, including 4,000 more medical staff and 20,000 more qualified nurses. …

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