Across England, 57 CCGs UNDERSPENT mental health budget
An investigation by Pulse of the projected and actual spend by England’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)on mental health has revealed that 57 CCGs had underspent their mental health budget by a total of £48,600,000.
Over a quarter of CCGs have underspent their mental health budget for 2016/17, totaling ₤48.6m. The ‘mental health dashboard’ produced every three months by NHS England, details just how much commissioners are spending on different areas of mental health. This spending includes things like suicide prevention and young people’s mental health. Pulse contrasted these numbers with the CCGs’ forecasted mental health spend produced at the end of May and discovered the underspend.
The latest fourth-quarter dashboard consists of the final amount CCGs spent on mental health in 2016/17. Another underspend comes as an investigation into forecasted spend for 2016/2017 revealed that the CCGs in Scarborough, South Sefton, Walsall, Isle of Wight and St Helens would collectively be spending ₤ 4.5million less.
Overall NHS overspent
Despite the underspend at a CCG level, NHS England overall went over its mental health allowance by ₤ 9.72 billion. Rebecca Hulme is the chief nurse at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, and she said the underspend of £3.9 million happened because of a decrease in the amount that her CCG invested in the NHS’s continuing healthcare scheme.