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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES 'SOFT TARGET FOR CUTS' SAYS UNION

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Mental health trusts are bearing the brunt of NHS cuts, according to the union Amicus. A survey of union members wo...
Mental health trusts are bearing the brunt of NHS cuts, according to the union Amicus. A survey of union members working in mental health trusts suggests that three quarters are in deficit and many are proposing service and job cuts as a result.

The union claims that 49 per cent of trusts have frozen posts and 43 per cent are proposing to make job cuts as a result of financial pressures, while more than half have made some cuts to services.

National office for health Kevin Coyne said the survey showed mental health services were being treated as 'soft targets' for cuts, despite the government's stated commitment to improve mental well-being.

Read the press release here.

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