Budget 2015: Reaction from Chief Executive

Aidan Thomas responds to Chancellor's £1.25bn pledge to aid mental health services

Budget 2015: Reaction from Chief Executive
18 March 2015

Following the Budget today when the Chancellor announced an extra £1.25 billion for mental health services in England, Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, made the following statement.

"This is an important step towards parity of esteem and ensuring that mental health is granted the same level of funding as physical health.

"It is only right that a large proportion should be focused on services for children and young people to bridge the gap between demand and capacity, and also because addressing mental health problems in the young may stop them becoming life-long issues.

"However, we know that the number of people requiring our services will remain on the increase and trusts across the country will continue to be asked to make huge cost savings. In the next year alone, CPFT will be asked to save £5 million.

"At the same time, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough remains one of the 11 ‘challenged health economies’ for healthcare generally and we must work with our commissioners, and all interested groups, to ensure the funding announced today is distributed to areas like ours where it is so badly needed.

"Overall, while today’s announcement is welcome, future governments must ensure the same level of commitment is maintained for years to come. At CPFT we provide first class services, but I want to ensure we don’t just maintain them, but continue to improve them for our patients and service-users.”

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