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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

Sunday 7th May 2017

Announcing their latest pledge ahead of the general election on 8 June, Mr Hunt told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “If you have a child that has severe mental health problems and you find that that child, instead of getting treated by the NHS ends up in a police cell, that is a terrible thing for the child… but it is also very bad for the police as well – we want to stop that.”

Mr Hunt added that many people experience mental health problems, saying: “We want to stop the fact that you can lose your job for that and suffer discrimination in a way that you would not be able to suffer now if you were disabled, [or had] other conditions.”

He said an extra £1bn for NHS mental health services had been announced in January: “There is a lot of new money going in… it’s not just of course money, it’s having the people who deliver these jobs which is why we need the 10,000 extra professionals.”

 

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