Mental Health Services Postcode Lottery
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29 Jul 2014
Patients in Rotherham are bearing the brunt of an alarming postcode lottery in mental health services, new figures on NHS spending reveal.
Data shows that Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spent 8.79 per cent of its budget on mental health services last year – less than the 10 per cent national average and despite just over 15 per cent of the local population having a mental health condition.
It is the first time the local CCG, formed last year, has disclosed levels of spending on mental health services and the figures demonstrate how the Government is failing to achieve parity between mental and physical healthcare. Across England, the NHS spent an average of 10 per cent of the annual budget on mental health services in the year 2013/14, despite research that indicates it accounts for 23 per cent of the burden of disease.
Mental health should be treated no differently to physical health however vulnerable people are facing this alarming postcode lottery.
Mental health services are deteriorating under this Government. The Prime Minister has broken his promise to put mental and physical health on the same footing.