no improvement in total beds for patients
There are the same number of total beds for acute mental health patients as there were in 2017, despite nearly $2 billion being allocated for the mental health sector, new data has revealed today.
Currently, there are 608 beds available for acute mental health patients.
Newshub reported tonight this number fluctuated briefly in 2021 reaching a peak of 619, but has since declined back to 608 - the 2017 level.
In Budget 2019 the Government announced $1.9b for mental health, with $235 million set aside for building mental health and addiction facilities.
Link to article: Data shows despite Govt’s $1.9b mental health budget no improvement in total beds for patients - NZ Herald