Budget cuts have worsened quality of mental healthcare, think tank warns

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6121
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Changes to mental health services in England driven by budget cuts are negatively affecting the care of patients, a report from a leading think tank has warned.

In a briefing published on 12 November the King’s Fund said that the sector was under huge strain, with around 40% of mental health trusts having had their income cut in 2013-14 and 2014-15.1 In contrast, more than 85% of trusts in the acute care sector saw their income rise over the same period.

The briefing said that the cuts had prompted many trusts to embark on large scale transformation programmes aimed at shifting demand away from acute care services towards recovery …

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