Mental health funding not reaching front line services, survey finds

The results of a new survey have raised questions over whether funding for achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health is being implemented locally and reaching front line services.

The survey, conducted by NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), was issued to mental health trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

It asked finance directors from 58 NHS foundation trusts and trusts across England how confident they are that they will see increases in funding for their services in 2016/17, and their perceptions of meeting recommendations made by the independent Mental Health Taskforce.

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