Earlier this month Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, suggested the promised expansion of mental health care might be under threat if there was no new money for the NHS.
Mental health care is not a luxury. For too long it has been the “Cinderella service”, always forgotten when resources are being handed out and the first to be cut when times are hard. In recent years, with cross-party momentum behind it, finally mental health is beginning to get the attention it deserves.
Earlier this month Simon Stevens suggested the promised expansion of mental health care might be under threat if there was no new money for the NHS. Following the budget, we call on him to give a guarantee to the million additional people promised mental health treatment that they will not be abandoned. We are around two years into a five-year plan for mental health and it is vital that work continues. You would not stop helping a patient midway through their treatment and you must not stop the process of improving mental health care just because other parts of the NHS are under pressure.
As politicians from across the political spectrum, we call on the NHS England board to use Thursday’s meeting to reaffirm their commitment to people with mental health problems.
One of the key aims of The Chy Sawel Project is to challenge assumptions about mental health conditions and how they are treated. If you believe in challenging these assumptions too and would like to help…