8th February 2017
East Cheshire has the lowest level of investment in mental health among comparable areas - and sits in the bottom 10% nationally.
That’s according to the local Labour group, who highlighted funding outlined in the Health & Wellbeing Board meeting.
The average spend per patient on mental health services in Cheshire East is £98 – compared to £139 in similar areas.
Central Government is removing all funding for local authorities by 2020 – with £4.2 million being shaved from the mental health provision.
Councillor, and leader of the local Labour group Sam Corcoran said, “Cheshire East Council are proposing further budget cuts of $4.2million a year in services currently provided by the Council’s in-house provider Care4CE. Those draft proposals will go to the vote on February 23.”
Councillor Corcoran says he does have some sympathy with the Conservative-led Cabinet though, much of the budget squeeze is coming from central Government.
He added, “It’s very difficult for Council’s because as we say, central Government is forcing Council’s to make cuts so ultimately I think the solution must be for central Government to provide more money.”
Dorothy Flude, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said, “Having recently met with representatives of Crewe and Nantwich Open Minds I am very aware of the crisis in funding for mental health services. Cheshire East GP commissioners’ recent review showed that the average spend for adults was
£98 per patient; the average spend in an area similar is £139. The cuts proposed by Cheshire East Council will increase the stress for carers who are experiencing great difficulties; these are the people who are saving this country millions and deserve better.”
The findings were brought to light at the Cheshire East Health & Wellbeing Board Meeting on 31 January 2017.