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Joan Ryan MP challenges government to provide adequate funding for mental health services in Enfield

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Joan Ryan MP has raised serious concerns about the challenges facing the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT).

This week in Parliament I attended a meeting with the Minister responsible for mental health, to raise serious concerns about the challenges facing the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT).

I commend the dedication, hardwork and care that the BEHMHT frontline staff and management provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, but we have been suffering from a long-standing underfunding of services which the government has failed to address.

It is deeply worrying that BEHMHT is currently projecting an increased deficit of £12.6 million in 2016/17 up from £7.3 million in 2015/16.

The Prime Minister may have promised to “transform the way we deal with mental health problems right across society”, but these are little more than warm words given the issues facing Enfield. The fact we are so poorly funded is a scandal.

I put these concerns directly to the Minister and I will continue to hold her and the government to account on mental health provision in Enfield.

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