Psychological health charity Mind checked out funding throughout 42 NHS areas. It discovered that Surrey Heartlands spent the least – £124 per individual last year – in contrast with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which spent over £220.
The charity stated the variations have been vast and would have an effect on the standard of health care; however, despite the variety, spending was rising in all places. The findings have been revealed to coincide with Psychological Health Awareness Week. Psychological health spending has been made precedence lately.
In 2016, additional funding was introduced, and this was added to the past year when the government announced its 10-year plan for the NHS.
The research by Mind confirmed all areas have been raising their psychological health budgets according to the general improvement in spending – a part of a requirement set by the senior leadership within the NHS.
However, that covered the significant variations that still existed, based on the projected spending levels in 2018-19.
The largest spenders (per individual, per year)
- Bassetlaw and South Yorkshire £220.63
- the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall £207.97
- North Central London £205.11
The lowest spenders (per individual, per year)
- Surrey Heartlands £124.48
- Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin £134.77
- Gloucestershire £137.00
Geoff Heyes, of Mind, mentioned whereas there was some “optimistic change” with budgets rising, the “durable historic postcode lottery” was still a priority.
“The remedy you get should not depend over where reside.
“The NHS and authorities have highlighted that psychological wellbeing is the precedence. Some natural variation is to be anticipated; the scale of the distinction; however, is big, and we all know that the necessity outruns useful resource even within the areas which are performing effectively.”
He mentioned as the extra funds were provided – between now and 2023 psychological wellbeing is in line to get £2.3bn of the additional £20bn funding the NHS.
A spokeswoman for NHS England stated spending has, and would, proceed to extend.