Monday 9 January 2017 / 7:42 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Tory record on mental health is one of failure – Barbara Keeley

Ahead
of Theresa May’s speech today in which she is set to call for action on mental
health, please find attached briefing on the Tory record in this area.

The
Tories have been in Government for six years and during that time have failed
to ensure that mental health is given the same priority as physical health.

Barbara
Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health
, commenting
ahead of the speech, said:

“This
Tory Government’s record on mental health is one of failure.

“They
might talk about equality between mental and physical health, but we are yet to
see their rhetoric become reality.

“The
truth is that funding for mental health fell by over 8 per cent over the last
parliament, there are now 6,600 fewer mental health nurses compared to 2010 and
thousands of patients in crisis have to travel out of area for a psychiatric
bed. Much of the extra funding meant for children’s mental health services has
actually been used for other NHS services.

“The
Government has failed to provide sufficient funding for mental health services,
and people are being let down as a result.”