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Head of NHS calls for extra money for mental health services

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3397 (Published 17 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3397
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The head of the NHS in England has told MPs that more money is needed to help speed up improvements in mental health services.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, made the comments on 15 June during an evidence session of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee for its inquiry into improving access to mental health services. The catalyst for the inquiry was a report on preparations for improving access to mental health services published in April.1 The report, by the public spending watchdog the National Audit Office, said that although progress had been made “much remains to be …

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