Comprehensive spending review
The Mental Health Foundation has joined with other mental health charities to set out the sector’s priorities for the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.
The paper calls for the treasury to boost investment in mental health services – both in the NHS and in the community – to deliver parity of esteem with physical health services.
Improving the nation’s mental health cannot happen in mental health services alone – it requires concerted preventative action across different policy areas. Amongst our asks, we are calling for the government to increase the Public Health Grant budget at least in line with the funding uplift for NHS England, an average increase of 3.3% per year in real terms by 2023/24, to ensure that local authorities can fund prevention and public health interventions. We are also recommending that some of the public health budget should be ring-fenced specifically for public mental health.
Following the announcement that Public Health England will be replaced with a National Institute for Health Protection, there remains a need for national leadership, coordination, and intelligence sharing on public mental health. We are calling for Public Health England’s vital public mental health functions to be maintained and developed at a national level. The future national approach to public mental health must engage with the broader determinants of mental health (including poverty, housing, and discrimination) as well as wider health improvement initiatives, such as smoking cessation, substance misuse, and tackling obesity.
This Comprehensive Spending Review is an opportunity to rethink the nation’s priorities as we emerge from a public health crisis. We are calling on the government to prioritise mental health.
To find out more, please email our Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Adam Nice at [email protected].