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The government’s commitment to mental health parity is simply not reflected in the numbers

Some areas of mental health spending in the NHS are increasing—but not nearly fast enough

By Helen Gilburt  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

At its heart, the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health is about making sure people get the same quality of NHS treatment whether they have a mental illness, physical health problems or both. The NHS has a long history of underfunded mental health services, certainly compared to acute hospital services, and so it’s not surprising that funding is by and large how we now measure progress towards parity.

The government has made a number of financial commitments in recent years, but announcing extra…

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