Spending on mental health services should increase by 50 per cent and 38 per cent more staff are needed if the government is to meet 2000's 10-year national service framework plan, according to a report from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

The report, Delivering the Government's Mental Health Policies: services, staffing and costs, says that the likely rise in spending on mental health to £6bn in 2010-11 will be £1.5bn short. It says that 4,000 more medical staff and nearly 20,000 more qualified nurses are needed.

Delivering the Government's Mental Health Policies: services, staffing and costs

Spending on mental health services should increase by 50 per cent and 38 per cent more staff are needed if the government is to meet 2000's 10-year national service framework plan, according to a report from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

The report, Delivering the Government's Mental Health Policies: services, staffing and costs, says that the likely rise in spending on mental health to£6bn in 2010-11 will be£1.5bn short. It says that 4,000 more medical staff and nearly 20,000 more qualified nurses are needed.

Delivering the Government's Mental Health Policies: services, staffing and costs