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Peers vote to put mental health on equal footing with physical health in the NHS

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1009 (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1009
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Peers voted against the government on the Health and Social Care Bill at their first opportunity on 8 February when they backed an amendment to give mental and physical health equal weight in the NHS.

The vote was won by a majority of four, by 244 votes to 240, with three Liberal Democrats voting against the government. The amendment creates a duty for the health secretary to promote a health service that deals with “mental and physical illness” rather than simple “illness” as stated in the original draft.

The vote is an indication that peers are determined that the bill will …

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