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Black-skies planning? Prioritising mental health services in times of austerity

McDaid, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0744-2664 and Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 (2010) Black-skies planning? Prioritising mental health services in times of austerity. British Journal of Psychiatry, 196 (6). pp. 423-424. ISSN 0007-1250

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Identification Number: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.080549


During the period of austerity that we now face, the National Health Service (NHS), including mental health services, will have to make efficiency savings at a time when demand for services is likely to rise. It is critical to highlight that investment in evidence-based prevention, early intervention and treatment for mental disorders can have economic benefits that go far beyond the health sector. Many potential areas for efficiency savings, such as resources invested in management and administration, are relevant across the whole of the health system. The economic downturn may, however, also present a specific opportunity for radical innovation within the mental health system.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2010 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010 15:08
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:10

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