There may be a lack of distributive justice in the financial resources allocated to the care and treatment of mental health for children in England. In this respect, The government’s pledges to improve services are not being delivered quickly enough said the third annual children’s mental health report from the Children’s Commissioner for England. It said that, despite years of government commitments, NHS spending on children’s with mental problems continued to lag behind spending on services for adults, leaving substantial unmet needs. According to the British Medical Journal, the UK National Health Service – NHS spends £225 pounds (€266) for the mental health care of every adult but only £92 for every child.
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, commenting on the report, said:
“There has been welcome progress on over the last couple of years, and more progress is promised over the next few years. Nevertheless, there is still a chasm between what children need and what is being provided. More children are seeking help for their mental health and the Government needs to make sure that help is available. We are still a decade away from decent mental health services for all children (read more HERE).