The head of health services in Solihull Dr Patrick Brooke has said he remains committed to improving care for the vulnerable after it has been revealed that the borough spends less than ten per cent of its budget on mental health services.
The Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the body behind the running of heath services in the borough – is the second lowest spending CCG for mental health care, compared to CCGs across the country.
Freedom of Information (FOI) figures have revealed that the Solihull CCG spends 6.69 per cent of its budget on mental health services, falling into the five lowest spending CCGs for this type of care.
The FOI requests were made to 211 CCGs by shadow health minister Luciana Berger.
The figures show that 72 of the 142 which responded spend less than ten per cent of their budget on mental health services.
Ms Berger said the figures reveal that the vulnerable who need help are facing an alarming postcode lottery.
But Chief Officer Dr Brooke, said: “Solihull CCG recognises the importance of mental health services. We aim to commission the best services we can within the money allocated to us for the people of Solihull. Our mental health outcomes are higher than average.
“We work in partnership with Solihull Council and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Care Foundation Trust to ensure that our patients receive high quality services that they can rely on when they need them.
“Our integrated health and social care services contribute towards supporting people to keep well and maintain recovery. We remain committed to improving the health and well-being of our most vulnerable people, including those with mental health problems and disabilities.”
West London came in as the highest spender (18.02 per cent) and Surrey Heath the lowest (6.55 per cent).