Responding to today’s (Monday) announcement by the Chancellor of £2bn for mental health services, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“Promising more funding is one thing – actually delivering is another.
“There’s no doubt more money is needed. But the government must listen to those quitting mental health jobs every day and do more to attract and hold onto highly skilled staff.
“More must be done to make mental health services safer and kinder places to work – for the benefit of patients and staff.
“But what we spend on the NHS in general is a fraction of what other countries pay out for healthcare.
“The amount announced today is likely to be swallowed by deficits, which effectively means standstill funding at a time when all of us need the NHS more.”