Labour MP candidate criticises government record on mental health

A PARLIAMENTARY candidate has criticised the government's record on mental health.

Thursday, 11th May 2017, 6:00 am

Councillor Stephen Morgan, Labour candidate for Portsmouth South said the government’s record on tackling mental health was ‘one of failure.’

He said: ‘The Tories might talk about equality between mental and physical health, but their rhetoric has not 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.’

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Research by the National Centre for Social Research and Leicester University found that 17 per cent of people had a common mental disorder and that 37 per cent of those people receive treatment.

Cllr Morgan added: ‘The government has failed to provide sufficient funding for mental health services and people are being let down as a result.’