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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.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic required a rapid realignment of objectives within the health system.  On 29 April 2020, the government laid out its priorities for Public Health England over the coming year, and this mental health manifesto commitment was relegated to a group of areas where limited progress can be made “until the immediate pressure of the COVID-19 response has receded”.
  • The government is still making efforts to address mental health, but COVID-19 has required prioritising physical health, meaning this pledge has effectively been put on hold, so this policy is ‘not started’.

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