The health sector media has reacted to the Autumn budget announcements with disappointment that mental health has not taken a higher priority.
The HSJ carries a story headlined: “The budget has placed the NHS and government on a collision course”. The reason is that an additional £1.6billion of extra funding announced for the NHS is from the Government’s perspective, earmarked as £1billion for cutting elective operative waiting times and £600,000 to cut Accident and Emergency waiting times.
The HSJ explains: “With the underlying provider deficit standing at around £3.6bn – and significant cost pressures emerging in supposed priority areas such as primary care and mental health – there is no confidence at all among system leaders that next year’s funding will deliver what the government wants.”
We look forward to reading more from NHS England on this.