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Mental Health Services: Finance

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the additional £2.8 billion funding for the NHS announced in Autumn Budget 2017 will be allocated to mental health services.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government is already committed to backing the National Health Service with an additional £8 billion, in real terms, by 2020/21. As part of the Budget announcement on 22 November, we have now committed to backing the NHS in England further so that by 2019/20 it will have received an additional £2.8 billion of revenue funding for frontline services than previously planned over the period. This includes £335 million this winter to help trusts to increase capacity. We have also committed £3.5 billion of new capital investment by 2022/23 to transform its estate and drive further efficiency savings.

The Government is committed to parity of esteem between mental health and physical health and delivering the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision; a Green Paper’ sets out ambitious plans to further improve support and early intervention for children and young people. The proposals as set out in the Green Paper would cost £215 million over the next three years towards the creation of Mental Health Support Teams, piloting a four week waiting time standard and rolling out mental health first aid training in primary schools. Funding will be made available to take forward the proposals following the consultation.

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