Oxon Lib Dems announce over £10 million of new funding for mental health in Oxford area
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to spend an extra £10.5 million a year of the party's planned additional health funding in Oxford to help tackle the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.
This extra money, which would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services in the Oxford area, forms part of the party’s commitment to spending an extra £1 billion a year on mental health nationally. This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.
The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and make a priority of national action to reduce the number of suicides.
Commenting on the plan, Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Oxford East, said: "The Liberal Democrats pledge to spend over £10 million a year in the Oxford area is important as it demonstrates our commitment to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.”
Kirsten, a trained Mental Health First Aider who has led the campaign with Norman Lamb MP to ensure parity between mental and physical health, continued:
"Health, particularly mental health is a key issue on the doorstep. People want action, not just words and the Liberal Democrats neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services. . "The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservatives, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.”