Wednesday 10 October 2018 / 7:31 AM Barbara Keeley / Mental Health

Mental health services still underfunded by Tory Government – Keeley

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, responding to Government announcements to mark World Mental Health Day, said:

“A focus on suicide prevention is long overdue given the appalling increase in suicide rates since 2010, particularly among young people, but it also needs proper funding of frontline services.

“Mental health services are still being underfunded by the Conservative Government, with one in 10 CCGs failing to meet the mental health investment standard in the last year – that is leading to adults having to wait as many as four months for treatment in certain areas, while one in four children are being rejected for treatment after referral.

“Labour made a Shadow Minister for Mental Health a Shadow Cabinet level appointment in 2015 and has pledged to increase mental health spending, ring-fencing budgets so funding reaches the frontline.”