Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that funding allocated to tackling mental illness is spent on that issue.

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

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Dashboard reports detail on the expenditure made by National Health Service clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on mental health services. It is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/taskforce/imp/mh-dashboard

CCGs are required each year, under the Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS), to increase their spend on mental health services by a greater amount than the growth in their overall programme allocation. The requirement to meet the MHIS is included within the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017–2019 and is a key part of NHS England’s operational and financial planning assurance process for 2018/19.

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