To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the press release of 11 January 2016, Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment, how much of the £290 million pledged to provide specialist care to mothers before and after having their babies has been spent to date; and on which services has such funding been spent.
In January 2016 the Government set out that an additional £290 million will be made available over the next five years to invest in specialist perinatal mental health services. This builds on the initial investment announced at the spring 2015 Budget, making a total investment from 2015/16 to 2020/21 of £365 million.
Planned spend for 2016/17 is £15 million and this is being achieved through targeted funding of activities to build capacity in specialist services including investment in workforce development and developing clinical leadership capacity, enhanced specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health service provision, strengthening Perinatal Mental Health networks across the country to drive forward change and building capacity in Mother and Baby units. However actual spend will not be available before the end of the financial year.