MENTAL health services in the UK are to receive a £2 billion a year package to better support those with mental health problems. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the package in the budget today. The money – part of the £20billion a year NHS cash injection already announced – will help put a dedicated mental health team in every A&E and state school. More ambulances will also be equipped with mental health specialists who will be able to respond to people having violent breakdowns – relieving other public services like the police. Announcing the funding Mr Hammond recognised the need for NHS funding to go to the front-line of services. “Our NHS is the number one priority of the British people, and as we approach the 70th anniversary of its foundation, they had a right to know the scale of our commitment to it,” he told the House of Commons. “But the British people also care that money invested in the NHS goes to the frontline and improvement in services, so we didn’t just hand over money, we agreed that the NHS would produce a 10 year plan setting out how the service will reform, how waste will be reduce and exactly what the British people can… Read full this story
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