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Commissioners are warned not to spend too little on mental health

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 06 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1569
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Commissioners have been told to improve spending on mental health services locally or face sanctions from NHS England.

A letter was sent on 4 April by NHS England’s national mental health director, Claire Murdoch, to all clinical commissioning groups and sustainability and transformation partnership leads.

The letter follows up the Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018-19 guidance issued in February,1 which emphasised that CCGs must meet the Mental Health Investment Standard, meaning that their 2018-19 investment in mental health services …

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