Lib Dems would focus funds on mental health

11 May 17

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to allocate £1bn of its £6bn health funding pledge to combat mental health problems.

Today’s announcement follows a commitment from the party to increase the health and social care budget by £6bn through a 1p rise on all rates of income tax.
Now the Lib Dems have said they would ring fence one sixth of the cash raised for mental health services.

In addition to the funding announcement, the Lib Dems have promised to end the inappropriate use of force against mentally ill people, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.

Lib Dem shadow health secretary Norman Lamb said: “The Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health. 
"Under the Conservative government, services have been stretched to breaking point at a time when the prevalence of mental ill health appears to be rising.”

Earlier this week, prime minister Theresa May said she would “rip up” the 1983 Mental Health Act and replace it with a more fitting law which “confronts” discrimination against and the unnecessary detention of mentally ill people.

She said: “We are going to roll out mental health support to every school in the country, ensure that mental health is taken far more seriously in the workplace, and raise standards of care with 10,000 more mental health professionals working in the NHS by 2020.”

However the Conservatives have not outlined how they would pay for their proposal.


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