Our founder and managing director, Alan Frew, reacts toÂ yesterday’s announcements by the chancellor during his Spending Review and Autumn Statement:
â€œMental health care is one of the biggest unmet needs of our time and itâ€™s promising to see the chancellor pledge a further Â£600m in funding. What he failed to address is how weâ€™re expected to raise standards when local authorities in England spend just one per cent of their annual health budget on tackling these issues.
â€œPersonalised home care support for just one individual saves the taxpayer around Â£90,000 a year compared to residential stay costs. Yet ministers can do more to increase these savings even further.
â€œIn order to achieve this, individuals with chronic health needs require better support in managing their own health budgets and integrating them back into the community. However, this requires the Government to address the lack of knowledge and experience amongst its healthcare commissioners. Providing these individuals with fundamental skills will give those with mental health conditions greater choice and control, reduce their reliance on funding and ultimately improve standards.â€
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