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Child mental health: improvements are too slow, says report

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m364 (Published 30 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m364
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government’s pledges to improve child mental health services are not being delivered quickly enough, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.1

The third annual children’s mental health report from the commissioner, Anne Longfield, said that, despite years of government commitments, NHS spending on children’s mental health continued to lag behind spending on services for adults, leaving substantial unmet need. On average, the NHS spends £225 (€266; $292) on mental health for every adult but only £92 for every child.

Longfield said, “Children’s mental health remains the poor relation of NHS spending, receiving a …

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