Letters Parity for mental and physical health

Parity of esteem for mental and physical health is a red herring

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7618 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7618
  1. Sami Timimi, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist1
  1. 1Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Child and Family Service, Horizon Centre, Lincoln LN5 7RZ, UK
  1. stimimi{at}talk21.com

Millard and Wessely acknowledge how hard it is to know what “parity of esteem” between mental health and physical health really means.1

However, they avoid direct engagement with evidence that the problem with mental health services is also to do with the services themselves. Their two main points of “tackling excess mortality and stigma” is a …

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