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GP vows to fight mental health cuts

Dr Peter Graves has pledged to fight 'outrageous' plans to cut mental health services in Hertfordshire.

Watford and Three Rivers PCT is consulting on plans to cut 5 per cent from mental health budgets across the county.

Dr Graves, chief executive of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC, said he was 'appalled and angry' at the plans, which propose cutting eight staff from community mental health services and six from the child and adolescent service, as well as axing a direct access psychology service.

Dr Graves said: 'It is just so shortsighted. It will hit the most vulnerable and least vocal in society.'

The LMC has put together a robust list of objections to the plans, in consultation until 3 May, and is contacting local MPs.

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