Mental care cash slashed despite vow.
HEALTH Secretary Andrew Lansley has cut spending on mental health services for the elderly after pledging to improve dementia care.
The Tory-led Coalition promised to treat it as seriously as physical care. But overall spending on adult mental health was down pounds 650million in 2011 - the first cut in a decade.
Funding for older people's mental health was hit hardest, falling 3.1% to pounds 2.83billion in 2011-12.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham hit out: "Ministers need to start putting their money where their mouth is. They must urgently send the clearest signal that mental health is a spending priority."
The Department of Health admitted it had to improve services.
PROMISES Andrew Lansley