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The proportion of funds invested in mental health services has fallen over the past six years according to research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament's Health Committee.

Research by Dr Sean Boyle| of the LSE Health and Social Care department at the School published today (Wednesday 14 February), shows that while NHS expenditure per head of population has increased substantially since 1999, the proportion of total resources spent on mental health services has fallen.

The research was commissioned to examine how different health boards allocate resources for the provision of mental health services. It set out to identify:

  • historical trends in resource allocation for mental health;
  • comparisons between mental health allocation and other areas of health care;
  • the impact of any increases in spending;
  • where and by whom the money is being spent;
  • funds allocated for the implementation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

The research will be used to inform scrutiny of future policies on mental health service provision across Scotland and to identify areas requiring further investigation.

Dr Boyle is a senior research fellow at LSE and has served as the public expenditure adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee since 1993.

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Community Care
Falling share of Scottish NHS budget goes to mental health (15 Feb 07)
The proportion of NHS resources in Scotland devoted to mental health has fallen since 1999, the Scottish parliament's health committee said today. Research commissioned by the committee found that though spending on mental health had increased since 1999, its proportion of the budget had fallen.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2007/02/14/103419/falling-share-of-scottish-nhs-budget-goes-to-mental.html|

The Scotsman
Funding for mental health 'lags in NHS' (15 Feb 07)
Mental health services in Scotland are losing out financially to other parts of the health service, according to a report published yesterday. The health committee report found that while health spending had increased dramatically over the past six years, funding for mental health services had lagged behind. The research, by Sean Boyle, LSE, also found a decline in the number of beds available for psychiatric patients in Scotland. 

The Herald
Research fears over mental health funds (15 Feb 07)
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/health/display.var.1193677.0.0.php| 

ic Dunbartonshire
Worry over mental health funding (15 Feb 07) 

Pensions and Investments UK
Mental health expenditure gives cause for concern according to health committee research (14 Feb 07)
The proportion of funds invested in mental health services has fallen over the past six years according to research commissioned by the Parliament's Health Committee. Research by Dr Sean Boyle of the London School of Economics, which is published today, shows that while NHS expenditure per head of population has increased substantially since 1999, the proportion of total resources spent on mental health services has fallen. 

PR Newswire

14 February 2007

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