ACP response to £143 million of new CAMHS funding amid backdrop of cuts

Responding to news earlier this week that the government has announced £143million for children's mental health services in England, ACP chair Heather Stewart said: 

"It is concerning for us as an association that the small increase in spending on mental health services for children will do little to counteract the cuts to CAMHS over the previous few years.

"These cuts, sometimes under the guise of service redesigns, have meant the loss of many senior, experienced clinicians within CAMHS and with that a reduction of specialist treatments like psychoanalytic child psychotherapy.

"These losses wil have had an impact on vulnerable and mentally ill young people."

The extra funding is part of a £1.25billion package of increased spending on CAMH services which was announced in March's budget.