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Budget cuts admitted by Burstow

20th September 2012

Former health minister Paul Burstow has told HSJ in an interview that there were cuts to mental health services while under his watch at the Department of Health.

His ministerial brief covered mental health and the Liberal Democrat MP has now conceded that during his tenure there was “anecdotal evidence” of a fall in funding. Official figures show that mental health spending had dropped by £65m to £6.6bn in 2011-12, which was the first decrease in that area in a decade.


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