Politicians vie to support access to talking therapies on NHS

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h896
  1. Penny Gray
  1. 1London

Political big hitters vied to outbid each other to support expansion of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme at the eighth annual New Savoy Conference: Psychological Therapies in the NHS, held in London last week.

The minister for care and support, Norman Lamb, opened a discussion on mental health by stating, “There is discrimination in the NHS against mental health,” and he said that we must hold whoever is in power to account for implementing the vision for mental health that had been set out in the Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.1 The IAPT programme was an …

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