Lib Dems announce £1bn of funding to transform mental health care

Mental health care matters in Solihull. Lib Dem councillors have fought hard to protect frontline acute mental health services here in Solihull, but Tory cuts have let us down.


Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull Ade Adeyemo says:

“I have battled tirelessly to get the needs of those with urgent mental health needs to get proper support and care right here in Solihull. Protecting essential mental health services means that we care about everyone in our community. It is not right that important services such as these are transferred elsewhere.”

The Liberal Democrats have announced that £1 billion of the party’s additional health funding would be spent tackling the “historic injustice” faced by people with mental ill health. As part of the Lib Dem Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan which provides a £6bn funding boost, £1bn of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services.

This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.

The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.

Commenting on the plan, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

“The Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.

"Under the Conservative government, services have been stretched to breaking point at a time when the prevalence of mental ill health appears to be rising.

“Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services. We’ve made it clear that our priorities will be funded from our ambitious plan to inject £6bn a year into the NHS with an additional penny on income tax.

"We will invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in the NHS, end the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

 “The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservatives, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.”

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