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Fund “broken” mental health services based on current need, demands BMA

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q447 (Published 20 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q447
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Funding for mental health services should be based on current need rather than historic data, the BMA has said in a report on the experiences of staff. Doctors reported that they were struggling to deliver the care that patients needed, blaming inadequate funding, workforce shortages, and unsuitable infrastructure.1

Consultant psychiatrist and BMA mental health lead Andrew Molodynski said, “The demand for mental health services has changed dramatically, but funding has not kept pace. Mental healthcare funding must be based on what people need today instead of on what we spent yesterday, which was inadequate even then.” …

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