Mental Health Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th May 2006.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 2:30 pm, 16th May 2006

We should be clear about the improvements that have taken place in spending on mental health services—an increase of something like £1.6 billion over the past five years. Also, if we consider what happened last year, again, 11 out of 84 trusts reduced planned expenditure. They were going to spend £384 million more than they spent the year before, but in fact they spent £368 million. That means that overall expenditure on mental health has increased. It is clear, through the targets that have been set and the local delivery plans, that the actions we have adopted contributed towards that increase in mental health spending. Mental health under the previous Administration was a Cinderella service, suffering from years of underinvestment, unlike the situation under this Government.