PM pledges almost a billion for mental health

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David Cameron has announced almost a billion pounds of investment to enhance mental health services across England, as part of the NHS plan for the next 5 years.

During a keynote speech, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged additional funding for mental health, to include:

  • £290 million to provide specialist care to mums before and after having their babies
  • nearly £250 million for mental health services in hospital emergency departments
  • over £400 million to enable 24/7 treatment in communities as a safe and effective alternative to hospital.

He also announced that, for the first time, waiting time targets will be introduced for teenagers with eating disorders and people experiencing psychosis.

In response to the news, Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind and Independent Chair of NHS England’s Taskforce on Mental Health, said: ‘This is a significant moment for mental health and we are pleased to see the Prime Minister giving it the attention it deserves. Mental health is hugely important in any discussion about impro...