Mental health trusts in England are still having their budgets cut, despite government assurances they would be funded on a par with physical healthcare, figures suggest.
Analysis by the King’s Fund think tank, seen by the BBC, suggests 40% of the 58 trusts saw budgets cut in 2015-16.
It found six of them had seen budgets cut three years in a row.
An NHS spokeswoman said mental health services were “wider” than trusts, and care was funded in other ways.
Mental health spending overall was up 8.4% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, the NHS said.
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14th October 2016