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Our response to the Budget announcement about mental health spending

29 October 2018

Responding to the announcement in this year’s Budget of a new mental health crisis service and extra funding for mental health, Jose Romero-Urcelay, Medical Director of West London NHS Trust, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement. This extra funding will help us to enhance our mental health services for users and patients, particularly when it comes to our liaison psychiatry services, because the new money announced by the Chancellor will ensure mental health support is available in every large A&E department. The funding will also help us with community services, specialist crisis teams linking schools, social services and young people’s mental health services and teams in schools supporting people with mild and moderate mental health issues.

“This extra money is another important step towards destigmatising mental illness. We know that people experience better health and wellbeing when their mental and physical care is considered together and today’s announcement will help us to provide this joined-up care.”