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Treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health

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We will treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.11

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to ensure that mental health issues are considered as important and to require action just as swiftly as physical health issues.
  • In spite of the reassessment of priorities caused by COVID-19, on 13 January 2021, the government announced the publication of the Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper, which aims to “deliver parity between mental and physical health services”. The Queen’s Speech in May 2021 confirmed the government’s commitment to reform of the Mental Health Act.
  • The white paper launched a consultation, which closed on 21 April 2021, and is a significant step towards the introduction of a new Mental Health Bill. The consultation feedback is being analysed and the government has committed to reform in the Queen’s Speech, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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