York & North Yorkshire

NHS North Yorkshire and York reduces spending on child mental health

Health bosses in North Yorkshire are spending almost £1m less on child mental health services than three years ago.

NHS North Yorkshire and York spent £4.326m on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in 2010/2011.

CAMHS are now contracted out and the new providers have a combined budget of £3.394m for 2012/2013.

NHS North Yorkshire and York said the figures did not reflect additional funds spent on mental health services.

Data released by the government recently revealed that one in 10 children aged five to 16 has been diagnosed with mental health problems.

'Excellent value'

Julie Bolus, director of nursing at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said the organisation was proud of the work it did in this area.

She said: "Whilst we recognise we can always do more, we believe our child and adolescent mental health services are of fantastic quality, provide good outcomes for patients and are therefore excellent value for money."

NHS North Yorkshire and York commission and fund CAMHS from other local health providers.

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provide the service in the York, Selby and Easingwold areas. Its budget for 2012/13 is £1.5m.

The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provide the service in Hambleton, Richmondshire, Harrogate, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

The budget for those areas in 2012/2013 is a further £1.894m.

Ms Bolus said the figures did not include additional funding received from other organisations including local councils and other money spent by the authority on specialist services.

The Department of Health said it expected local NHS services to meet the needs of their local population and was investing more money in mental health services for children.

Figures obtained by the BBC for CAHMS expenditure in North Yorkshire do not include the cost of providing mental health services to children in the Craven district of North Yorkshire.

CAMHS provision in Craven is provided by Bradford District Care Trust.

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