Nick Clegg promises to end “discrimination against mental health for good”

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6138
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has promised to put mental health on a par with physical health by setting targets for initiation of treatment for the first time from next April. Mental health services will also receive a funding boost of £120m (€152m; $193m) over the next two years, he said.

Clegg said that, from April 2015, three quarters of people with depression and anxiety who need talking therapy will start treatment within six weeks and that 95% will be seen within 18 weeks. And for people experiencing psychosis for the first time, the target from next April will be to start treatment within two weeks of referral, he said—giving severe mental illness the same priority targets as cancer.

The aim is to increase this proportion in the coming …

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