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GPs criticise dementia care, Gove 'downgraded' child mental health and the rising bill of NHS religious support

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

An Alzheimer’s society poll revealing that fewer than one in ten GPs have faith their dementia patients receive sufficient support from social services makes headlines.

The charity said there was ‘an endemic and deeply worrying lack of support available’ from health and social services, leaving relatives to ‘pick up the pieces alone’, the Telegraph repots.

Former education secretary Michael Gove has been accused of downgrading the significance of child mental helath support in schools by a former ministerial colleague. Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow said the Conservative Party MP failed to tackle the problem despite a rise in pupil’s mental illness, the Guardian writes.

Meanwhile the Independent reports of disconent with a rising bill for religious chaplaincy services within the NHS, after it was revealed hospital trusts spent £23.5m on services in 2013/14 6% more than the previous year.

Stephen Evans, campaigns manager for the National Secular Society said: ‘Religious chaplaincy services could be funded by local charitable trusts, churches or interfaith initiatives.’

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