Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
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Mental health ambulances part of new NHS plan

Mental health ambulances part of new NHS plan

Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed the planned funding boost for the NHS and announced an additional emergency cash injection for social services in his Autumn budget, but critics argue it will not be enough to weather the storm of increasing demand, inefficient service delivery and a workforce crisis.

"However, we must keep our eyes on the immediate needs of our core inpatient and community mental health services, and we must also remember that social care, capital budgets and public health will need additional funding".

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Peterborough Paul Bristow, speaking about the mental health funding, tweeted: "Proud to be a @Conservatives candidate when we announce something so important #mentalhealth".

The CEO of mental health Charity Solent Mind has welcomed this news but said as well as the emphasis being put on those experiencing crisis, investments need to be made in community-based, early intervention services - to avoid people reaching crisis point in the first place.

"But, we are also bringing in now stronger links between the NHS and the police so that the presumption is that you will be prosecuted".

He added: "I have seen it myself in the middle of night in A&E where somebody comes in off the ambulances and they, or sometimes the people they are with, can become violent".

"The extra funding for social care will offer more support to local authorities and the NHS".

The Chancellor said the funding announcement was created to ease "immediate pressures" on local authorities in providing social care.

"The extra £650m to support social care is obviously welcome, but in reality it is just a drop in the ocean compared to what has been pledged for NHS care and to what is needed for social care", Mike said.

"Prevention, as the health and social care secretary has flagged, must be a priority and trusts need the right buildings and equipment and the right numbers of staff with the right skills to provide outstanding care".

"Attention will now turn to the publication of the NHS long-term plan later this year".

"This should have been a budget for the NHS to celebrate extra money after a decade of austerity, and make no mistake the confirmation of that money is welcome". We need to see changes to prisons and probation services to promote safety and wellbeing.

With many saying that this funding will only serve to get the basics back on track, and NHS Confederation responded to the Budget by warning of "very tough" next few years and called social care the government's "Achilles heel".

"This means we will struggle on for another year".

"We will await the full details with interest and I also hope there will be investment in the training, development and recruitment of specialist frontline staff to deliver these services".

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