30 October 2018
AWP's response to Chancellor's budget
Hayley Richards, Chief Executive, Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership Trust said: "This budget was an important one
for mental health. The Chancellor has committed funding for NHS
mental health services and confirms the early signs that this will
be a key priority for the forthcoming NHS long-term plan. But years
of underfunding have taken their toll and this is no more than a
small step on the road to parity of esteem.
"NHS mental health services have been underfunded for decades
and we know that too often, people don't get the help and support
they need, when they need it. This commitment ahead of the NHS
long-term plan indicates that mental health is rightly high on the
Government's agenda, and has the potential to improve access to
care, once detailed plans are clear.
"The £2bn committed should be seen as a 'deposit' on what needs
to be much faster growth in the future, but mental health services
need more than money to meet demand. One way to accelerate
improvement is to make sure that mental health is a priority across
the whole of the NHS, with significant investment in areas such as
prevention and primary care.
"We look forward to seeing how mental health is reflected across
the NHS long-term plan when it is published shortly and working
with our local system-wide partners to ensure that mental health is
everyone's responsibility and we achieve true parity of esteem.
"This budget clearly illustrates that mental health sits across
departments and highlights more than ever the need for a