Prime Minister unveils plans to transform mental health support

NHS Confederation, January 2017

In her first major speech of the year, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has outlined a package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities…

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Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2015: Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future

Department of Health, December 2016

This report by the Chief Medical Officer looks at the health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation (broadly, those born between 1945 and 1964).

It considers topics such as the impact of lifestyle choices on current and future health, mental health, sexual health, and screening and immunisation programmes.

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Implications of reductions to public spending for LGB and T people and services

NatCen, November 2016

This study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB & T) people. NatCen conducted the same research in 2013 looking at the early effects of the cuts, which began in 2010. The key finding of this study was that fears about the effects of public funding cuts reported in 2013 were seen as a reality for some LGB & T service users and service providers by 2016.

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Commitments to increase mental health funding not reaching the front line

King’s Fund, October 2016

Analysis by the King’s Fund shows that 40 per cent of mental health trusts saw their income fall in 2015/16. This is despite the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health and assurances from NHS England that almost 90 per cent of plans submitted by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) last year included mental health funding increases.  The findings are based on analysis of the annual accounts of all 58 mental health trusts in England. Given that mental health trusts provide about 80 per cent of all mental health care, the fact that income fell in so many trusts last year provides a clear indication that the promised funding increases are not reaching the front line.

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Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases

World Health Organization, October 2016

This report argues that taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. The report predicts that fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20 per cent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.

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