Blame for insufficient mental healthcare funding has been passed around between Department of Health, NHS England, and individual Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), however, the source of funding is the Treasury. Although CCGs and other mediating organisations make decisions about how much funding mental health receives, this is as a proportion of budgets decided at Treasury level. Any budgetary planning at Treasury level must therefore take mental health into consideration, alongside other areas of healthcare.
I am writing to request:
(i) names of individuals at Treasury and above, including advisors by official name or function, who are responsible for decisions made in relation to mental health care budgets;
(ii) documentation on budgetary decisions made, including evidence of how, in calculating the total health budget, mental health needs have been taken into consideration.
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Sorry to email again, but I'm told by law I should have received a response within 20 working days, which have now passed.
Can I be of any assistance in clarifying my request?
Dear Mr Fugard,
Please find attached a response to your FOI request.
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Dear Mr Sparrow,
Thank you for your reply. It was helpful to learn more about the networks of responsibility and receive confirmation that Treasury "does hold information in scope" of my request.
I have three follow up questions, if I may?
1. Are you able to say more about the types of information held without harming Ministerial communications? For example, is there any advice on the involvement and capacity of voluntary services to provide mental health care? On the different types of NHS mental health professional?
2. Can you say more about who has advised Ministers, e.g., what departments outside Treasury were involved. May any individuals be named?
3. What about the nature of statistical evidence that was used to make decisions. For example, does it include prevalence data? Outcomes data? What costs data were used?
I'd be grateful for any further information or clues about the processes.
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