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GP commissioners not spending enough on mental health, claims Labour

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4857

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  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The Labour Party has criticised commissioning GPs in England for underfunding mental health services in their areas. Representatives of commissioning groups, however, have challenged the assertion, saying that many of the groups have made mental health a priority and are trying to ensure it has equal consideration with physical health needs.

Labour’s shadow public health minister, Luciana Berger, released figures on 25 July received from 142 of England’s 211 clinical commissioning groups (a 67% response rate) after a freedom of information request. The figures show that commissioning groups spent an average of 10% of their annual budget on mental health services in 2013-14, despite research showing it accounts …

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