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57 CCGs underspend mental health budgets despite overall increase

A comparison by Pulse of every CCGs’ projected and actual spend on mental health, as it’s laid out in NHS England’s ‘mental health dashboard’, revealed that 57 CCGs had underspent their mental health budget to a total of £48.6.

Despite the underspend at a CCG level, NHS England overall exceeded its mental health budget, spending £9.72bn on a budget of £9.49bn.

This is largely due to CCGs like Nottingham City and South Devon and Torbay which spent an extra £14.6m and £16m on their budget respectively.

But, elsewhere, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG underspent its mental health budget by £3.9m with a planned spend of £51.5m but an actual spend of £47.6m.

Rebecca Hulme, chief nurse at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, told Pulse the underspend occured because of a reduction in the amount that the CCG spent on the NHS's continuing healthcare scheme.

The NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) scheme provides eligible patients with free care in their home after they leave hospital. CONTINUE READING


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