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Provision of Adequate, Ring-fenced Funding for Mental Health Services

Volume 633: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2017

I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents in my constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood.

The petition declares:

The petition of residents of Dulwich and West Norwood,

Declares that there is widespread concern about the deterioration of our mental health services and that those in need of care are receiving inadequate treatment as a result; further that a revolving door of admission, discharge and readmission is emerging, instead of the long term treatment that is needed; further notes that overworked professionals do not always have the time that they would like to spend with their patients to determine the best course of treatment and most appropriate support; and further that welcomes news that the Government is putting some extra funding into mental health services, but is concerned that this is insufficient, and not ring-fenced, and that despite the increase the proportion of funding that many Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) are spending has continued to fall, including in Lambeth and Southwark.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to commit to providing adequate, ring-fenced funding for mental health services.

And the petitioners remain, etc.