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GPs to take campaign to MP meeting

GPs will have the opportunity to put their grievances over services for depression directly to politicians after Pulse secured a high-level meeting at the House of Commons.

The meeting will focus on the concerns exposed by Pulse's 'Action on Depression' campaign and is sponsored by the co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health, Conservative MP Tim Loughton.

The first 20 GPs to contact Pulse will be offered tickets to the meeting, which will take place at 4-6pm on Wednesday, 17 May, at 1 Parliament Street.

Pulse has already received pledges of support from the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and a number of Labour MPs for our campaign demands, including calls for 10,000 extra therapists and a maximum two-month wait for treatment.

Mr Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: 'We are arranging this meeting to get this problem moved up the agenda and to support the Pulse campaign. It would be great to see as many GPs as possible there.

'The Government cannot keep ignoring depression as a serious issue affecting a huge number of people. Something simply has to be done ­ and done now.'

Mr Loughton and Pulse editor Phil Johnson will be joined at the meeting by a panel of expert speakers, including Professor Andre Tylee, founding member of Primary Care Mental Health and Education.

Health minister Rosie Winterton will also be invited to respond to our demands.

To attend the meeting,

contact Nerys Hairon at

nhairon@cmpinformation.com

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