Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 12 July 2023.

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Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We have invested record amounts into NHS mental health services committing £2.3 billion a year compared to four years ago for the expansion and transformation of mental health services in England by 2024.

This has enabled 2 million more people to access NHS mental health support.

Specifically, we invested £15.5 billion in mental health across 2022/23, representing 24% more than in 2018/19 and helping to:

  • Grow the mental health workforce by an additional 27,000 staff
  • Invest in up to 100 new mental health ambulances over 2 years with £7 million funding
  • Ensure emergency mental health support through NHS111 available everywhere in England by April 2024

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