Mental Health Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ring fencing clinical commissioning group funding for mental health; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department does not generally ring-fence budgets within the National Health Service. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gave clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) the autonomy to make decisions about the health services that best meet the health needs of their population. They do this based on evidence of patient needs locally.

The NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance applies to CCGs and sets out specific requirements, including commissioning mental health services that meet the needs of local populations. The mental health investment standard and NHS England Mental Health Dashboard have been introduced to ensure transparency and accountability and influence CCGs and specialised commissioning hubs to increase their spend on mental health services by a greater amount than the growth in their programme allocation.

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