In response to the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Richmond Fellowship said:
We welcome the focus on mental ill health in the long term funding plan. Currently, there is massive pressure on facilities with the result that many people are not getting the help they need quickly enough or near enough to their families and friends.
For example, only last week, a woman in one of our crisis services who needed to be accommodated under the Mental Health Act had to go over 300 miles away from home to get a bed.
We hope that this plan will result in a real step change in the way mental health services are viewed and resourced.