Mental health spending varies widely across England

Tuesday 14th May 2019 18:41 EDT

There is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England, an analysis suggests. Mental health charity Mind looked at investment across 42 NHS regions.

It found that Surrey Heartlands spent the least - £124 per person last year - compared with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which spent more than £220. The charity said the differences were huge and would affect the quality of care but, despite the variation, spending was still rising everywhere. The findings have been released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health spending has been made a priority in recent years. In 2016, extra funding was announced and this was added to last year when the government announced its 10-year plan for the NHS.

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