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NHS Confederation - We must ensure the workforce is equipped to meet the needs of the population, says the Mental Health Network

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, responded to recent research unveiled by the BMA

“The Government has pledged to put mental health on a par with physical health by 2020 but this needs to be reflected in the level of investment in mental health services.

“With greater awareness of mental health issues comes increased demand. The growing demand, coupled with a shrinking workforce, increases pressure on services. We must ensure the workforce is equipped to meet the needs of the population and that the funds are available to keep services going.

“Our members are doing great work despite financial pressures and workforce challenges and we welcome the government’s recently announced plans to ensure investment reaches the front line.

“Last week’s NHS planning guidance explicitly recognised the importance of mental health services and the need to continue to increase funding to ensure delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

“The guidance also mandated that “each and every CCG” reach the investment standard in 2018/19.

"We look forward to seeing the government deliver on its pledges to alleviate these pressures across the sector.”

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Notes to editors:

  • The NHS Confederation Mental Health Network (MHN) is the voice of mental health and learning disability service providers for the NHS in England. It represents providers from across the statutory, for-profit and voluntary sectors and over 90 per cent of all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in England delivering mental health services.
  • The NHS Confederation represents 85 per cent of NHS providers and commissioners. The organisation has nearly 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations providing NHS care. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole NHS.
  • Follow Sean Duggan on Twitter @SeanDugganMHN. Or follow the Mental Health Network @NHSConfed_MHN or the NHS Confederation press office @NHSConfed_Press.
  • A full list of Mental Health Network press releases and statements can be accessed at its media centre.
  • For media queries, contact Neil Durham (Media and Communications Manager - 020 7799 8671 / neil.durham@nhsconfed.org) or Charlotte George (Senior Media Officer - 020 7799 8664 / charlotte.george@nhsconfed.org). For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call the Duty Press Officer on 07880 500 726.
Original article link: http://www.nhsconfed.org/media-centre/2018/02/we-must-ensure-the-workforce-is-equipped-to-meet-the-needs-of-the-population

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