Metropolitan Police Mental Health Callouts

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

Over the last five years, the Metropolitan Police has responded to 130,000 mental health related callouts. Whilst blue light collaboration is vital, do you agree that this is a consequence of the Government’s underfunding of the NHS and their failed pledge to give mental health parity of esteem with physical health?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We know that mental health services were already inadequately resourced and struggling to cope with demand prior to the pandemic. Ongoing stressors including the current cost of living crisis will only make this worse, with a knock-on impact on our emergency services. London’s NHS is working with partners including the Metropolitan Police to improve response times and joint approaches to mental health-related call outs.

However, this comes at a time when crucial public services, including mental health, have had their budgets cut by Government. To truly support the NHS, Government must take steps to support the wider system of social care, welfare benefits and support, public health and the VCS. It must invest in local and national policies which promote good mental health and prevent mental health problems from emerging. I will continue to lobby for additional investment to support Londoners and the services that they rely on when it comes to both mental and physical health.