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I think resources are too stretched

"The support that I was previously accessing is no longer available because the funding has ended. I think it's really detrimental that lots of things seem to be on short budgets. It's one year or three year grants."
"I was actually told this by my senior manager. It is cheaper to provide emergency care for someone who is having mental health crisis than to provide support for their early onset or even just for the social aspect of their life."
"I don't think it necessarily needs loads of extra money thrown at it. I think there's a lot of money wasted. There's huge inefficiencies everywhere."
"I would quite happily pay an extra £20-30 in National Insurance contributions a year if it was going into the NHS. And if you ask the majority of people, they would quite happily pay that extra £20-30 a year. "
"Working in the NHS, I work at a crisis team at the moment. It's incredibly busy and very variable. I feel frustrated at times. I can't do the things I'd really love to do. They just don't have the resources."
"The care [my mother’s] got now, she’s got to sell their home to pay for. Her and my dad worked all their lives. They'll have it taken away just to pay for her care."
"In Casualty, we used to be really pleased if someone said they had private insurance, because it meant they could go to the private ward and not use one of our precious beds."