Mental Health Underfunded in Cheshire East

At the Cheshire East Health & Wellbeing Board Meeting on 31 January 2017 it
was revealed that Eastern Cheshire has the lowest level of investment in
mental health amongst comparable areas and is in the bottom 10% nationally.
The Conservatives on Cheshire East Council are proposing further budget cuts
of £4.2m a year in services currently provided by the Council’s in house
provider Care4CE. The draft budget proposals are to move from in-house
delivery to commission all care services from the broader care sector. In
short, the Conservatives are privatising the Council-run mental health
provision and at the same time cutting £4.2m a year from the budget. And
this is being done at a time when mental health is already underfunded
locally.

Dorothy Flude, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said, “Having recently met
with representatives of Crewe and Nantwich Open Minds I am very aware of the
crisis in funding for mental health services. Cheshire East GP
commissioners’ recent review showed that the average spend for adults was
£98 per patient; the average spend in an area similar is £139. The cuts
proposed by Cheshire East Council will increase the stress for carers who
are experiencing great difficulties; these are the people who are saving
this country millions and deserve better.”

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