The Government announced its long term financial settlement for the National Health Service in June. This will represent an increase of £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023/24. The Government has asked the NHS to develop a long-term plan which will set out a vision for the health service. The Government has been clear that better access to mental health services, to help achieve the Government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health, is one of the principles which must underpin the plan.
The 2018 Budget set out some aspects of what the long-term plan will contain, and further details on how the long-term plan will be applied in specific areas will follow when the plan is published in due course.