Tories’ failure to invest in mental health costs economy £105 BILLION a year says report

Yes, this article is about mental health – that’s why there could be no better image than one of David Cameron. When did he have his last check-up? [Image: Rex.]

Reports are circulating which suggest the NHS has committed £1 billion to mental health already; beware.

We don’t know how this money – if it is forthcoming – will be dispensed, yet.

Knowing the Tories, they’ll try to hand it over to private organisations who’ll use much of it as profit and salaries, with service delivery coming a poor third.

The Tories’ failure to invest in mental health services is costing the economy £105billion a year, a landmark report says.

The study for NHS England reveals that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime and accuses the Government of a “chronic under-investment” in services.

It puts pressure on David Cameron ahead of his speech today on mental health services in England.

He will promise an overhaul and say: “For too long there hasn’t been enough focus on mental health care.”

Today’s report, by Paul Farmer of mental health charity Mind, calls on Mr Cameron to commit more than £1 billion a year of extra funds.

Source: Tories’ failure to invest in mental health costs economy £105BILLION a year says report – Mirror Online

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2 thoughts on “Tories’ failure to invest in mental health costs economy £105 BILLION a year says report

  1. loobitzh

    I can see this being another ‘created’ opportunity for the Government to push forward their BioPSYCHOsocial Model of Therapy.,,,

    Bringing their own Behavioural pseudo Psycho therapists (Change Agents and Behavioural Modification Specialists) GP surgeries, into GP surgeries, schools and any community platform ready to accept the financial handouts of tick box cures etc.

    Be Wary.

    Woof in Sheeps Clothing.

    Or should I say The Vultures are Circling.

  2. casalealex


    A taskforce led by Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, has found a grim picture of mental health services in the NHS, with three quarters of people not getting proper treatment.

    The gap between physical and mental health care has never seemed so stark. The Times reports
    five year olds being placed on adult mental health wards. The Telegraph has a good angle for its own demographic, reporting that half of those in care homes have depression.

    The Farmer review has prompted NHS chief Simon Stevens to act, pledging £1bn for services by 2020. But will the NHS’s fragmented structure allow the cash to be spent and spent in time? Only this month, HuffPost showed how mental health cash already pledged had not been used.

    David Cameron today welcomed the report, as did Jeremy Hunt. In an interview with the Guardian, Hunt also warned the NHS needed years more above-inflation increases in spending more widely. And he kinda struck a more emollient tone on junior doctors, saying his deal was a huge improvement on his original offer. I wonder what Hunt thought about the Mail’s cracking splash on 111 call handlers asleep on the job, and on testimony about staff shortages?

    The Duchess of Cambridge is guest-editing HuffPost UK this Wednesday and young people’s mental health is a big priority of hers. On a piece on our special issue, the Sunday Times reported a Royal aide yesterday saying “the Duke and Duchess’s role as parents is influencing all of their thinking at the present” and she will “emphasise the need not to let the stigma stand in the way of children getting the help they need”. We, and Kensington Palace, will be using the hashtag #YoungMindsMatter all this week.


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