Plans have been announced by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to boost current mental health spending with £1.3bn.
The injection of money into this area will see roughly 2,000 more nurses, consultants and therapists added to child and adolescent mental health service alone. Elsewhere 2,900 therapists will be added to adult talking services and 4,800 more nurses and therapists will staff crisis care centres.
Hunt has called the boost one of the: “biggest expansions of mental health services in Europe.” He went on to say: “It is crucial we have the right people in post – that’s why we’re supporting those already in the profession to stay, and giving incentives to those considering a career in mental health.
“These measures are ambitious, but essential for delivering the high performing and well-resourced mental health services we all want to see.”
The plans are indeed ambitious. Representatives from The Royal College of Nursing have questioned whether the government will be able to deliver enough workers to meet the growing mental health needs. In recent times the government has abolished bursaries for student nurses making the profession a less attractive proposition for students.