National mental health director Professor Louis Appleby has said some acute trusts should be 'ashamed of themselves' for relying on mental health trusts to bail them out of financial trouble.
Speaking at an HSJconference last week, Professor Appleby said mental health trusts should be applauded for how they were coping with the tighter financial regime in the NHS, which has seen many have to make cuts to services.
He said: 'Some acute trusts should be ashamed that they have had to be helped out by services that have been historically underfunded.' He added that the Department of Health 'knows that is the situation'.
Professor Appleby said that he knew that although the current situation was tough, much had been achieved in recent years.
He said that a need to focus on the mental health and quality of life of the wider community did not mean giving up on specialist care and added that the introduction of community teams would be fully implemented.
'I believe the move to home-based treatment will be the biggest thing in mental health since the de-institutionalisation of care. This work is a revelation and it is not going to go away,' he said.
* Budget cuts have forced a mental health trust to halve its psychiatric intensive care provision and cut numbers of inpatient beds.
Gloucestershire Partnership trust is facing a£9.6m cut in its funding as part of strategies to balance the region's deficits, equivalent to£1 for every£8 it spends. Thirty inpatient beds have been closed, including a six-bed intensive care unit.