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Mental health funding gap continues to widen

A new report demonstrates that parity of esteem is no closer despite governmental promises

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The spending gap between NHS acute hospitals and NHS mental health providers widened further last year, according to a new investigation published in January by The King’s Fund.

Analysis carried out by the independent health charity shows that 84% of mental health trusts, which provide the great majority of mental health services, received an increase in funding last year, significantly higher than in previous years.

But funding for acute and specialist hospitals has continued to grow more quickly as national leaders have prioritised reducing financial deficits and improving performance in A&E.

As a result, income for mental health trusts rose by less than 2.5% in 2016/17 compared to more than 6% for acute and specialist trusts, continuing a trend of a growing spending gap between mental health and acute trusts.

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