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Wiltshire Mental Trust Responds to £2 Billion-a-year Mental Health Cash Boost

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust has responded to the news on October 29 that mental health will receive a cash boost of £2 billion per year.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the package in the 2018 budget.

The money, part of the £20 billion-a-year cash ingestion announced by Theresa May in June, will be used to fund mental health teams in NHS A&E departments and state schools, and a new mental health crisis service.

The NHS is to submit a ten-year plan detailing how it will be put to use.

In response to the announcement, Hayley Richards, Chief Executive of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust, said the amount confirms that mental health is a key part of the NHS plan.

He said, “NHS mental health services have been underfunded for decades and we know that too often, people don’t get the help and support they need, when they need it. This commitment ahead of the NHS long-term plan indicates that mental health is rightly high on the Government’s agenda, and has the potential to improve access to care, once detailed plans are clear.”

He urged that the £2 billion be considered a “deposit, stating that for rapid growth to be seen in the future, the NHS will have to add more money.

He said, “We look forward to seeing how mental health is reflected across the NHS long-term plan when it is published shortly and working with our local system-wide partners.”

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