Barbara Keeley responds to NAO report on children and young people’s mental health services
Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, responding to the National Audit Office’s report on children and young people’s mental health services, said:
“Today’s report is more resounding proof that this Tory Government is failing a generation of children and young people who have mental health conditions.
“The report has laid bare many abject failures of this Government to deliver properly funded mental health services to give children and young people treatment when they need it. The NHS is haemorrhaging staff and there is complete lack of transparency over vital data on children’s mental health.
“Tinkering around the edges with an unambitious Green Paper will not do. The Tories must follow Labour’s lead and commit to increasing spending on children and young people’s mental health services, ring-fencing budgets and offering access to a counselling service in every secondary school as a minimum to give our children and young people the mental health support they need.”