Tuesday 27 February 2018 / 9:31 AM Barbara Keeley / Mental Health

Barbara Keeley responds to CQC report on care under the Mental Health Act

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, commenting on new concerns about care of people subject to the Mental Health Act raised by the CQC’s new report, said:

“Short-sighted Tory cuts to services which treat people before they reach crisis point has led to increased demand elsewhere, resulting in a lack of improvement in many aspects of mental health care.

“The number of people detained under the Mental Health Act continue to rise yet NHS mental health trusts have less money to spend on patient care in real terms than they did in 2012, while more than a quarter of Clinical Commissioning Groups underspent their mental health budgets last year.

“The next Labour government will invest more in mental health services and ensure budgets are ring-fenced so money reaches the front line.”