Responding to the government’s announcement of an extra £76 million-a-year funding to build homes for vulnerable people, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“It has long been clear that a whole-system approach works best for people with mental health needs and this announcement has the potential to be a welcome piece of the puzzle.
“There is a lack of appropriate supported housing which means much-needed hospital beds are taken up by people who could be better cared for in the community.
“Long-term cuts to social care have also led to more pressure on bed numbers as the services designed to keep people healthy are simply inadequate.
“Our members, who include housing associations, are doing some fantastic work both in prevention and treating people with mental health problems but services are lacking the funding they need. The long term NHS investment plan is the perfect opportunity to put this right – it is vital that mental health gets its fair share of this funding.”