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UK government aims to implement new mental health strategy as commissioning is given to GPs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d797 (Published 04 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d797
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The care and treatment of mental ill health is to be put on the same footing as physical health problems, under government plans to tackle the inequalities and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in England.

Mental ill health accounts for almost a quarter of all ill health in the United Kingdom and one in three GP consultations. It is the largest single cause of disability and in England costs an estimated £105bn (€124bn; $170bn) a year.

The government’s strategy document, No Health without Mental Health, published on 2 February, promises a “life course approach,” with input from across government departments and local government and third sector organisations.

But experts in mental health have questioned how far …

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