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Prime Minister David Cameron

PM outlines investment for mental health services

The Prime Minister is set to outline plans for a more ‘mature’ approach to the mental health system today by pledging to invest nearly £1 billion to enhance mental health services across England.

Money will be injected into specialist care for new mothers and for increased mental health support in every hospital emergency department across the country.

There is set to be expanded services for teenagers suffering from eating disorders - including the introduction of waiting time targets - as well as plans to provide 24/7 mental health treatment in communities by funding more crisis resolution and home treatment teams.

The announcement follows recommendations for improving mental health services by NHS England, and Mr Cameron’s pledge forms part of a taskforce report that will be published in the coming weeks, detailing plans for mental health in the NHS over the next five years.

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