Responding to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s speech outlining his priorities, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“While the opportunity to draw focus on mental health was missed, many items on the Secretary of State’s list of priorities will have drawn nods of approval from our members.
“In mental health we know prevention is best, so it was a huge positive to see the health secretary’s focus on transforming the system so that demand can be managed. We also welcome his commitment to the workforce - earlier this year a 10th of job posts in mental health were vacant and we need an extra 21,000 mental health posts by 2020.
“More fundamentally, mental Health services are lacking the funding they need. So we look forward to working with the new Secretary of State to put things right through the long term NHS investment.”