Mental health should be given as much weight as physical health, BMA says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3128
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The BMA is calling for equal value to be placed on mental and physical health, particularly that of the most vulnerable members of society.

Its report says that the physical health problems of patients with mental illness are often not properly dealt with and that the mental health of patients with physical illnesses is also often neglected.1

The association points out that in comparison with the general population men with mental health problems die, on average, 20 years earlier and that women die 15 …

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