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Queen’s Speech neglects the Mental Health Treatment Bill as promised in Conservative manifesto

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - London, UK

Publication date: June 21, 2017

The Queen’s Speech today mentioned mental health in the following terms :

“My Government will reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the National Health Service in England.”

We have expressed concern that in the Queen’s Speech today, the Government failed to commit to the Mental Health Treatment Bill as promised in their manifesto, and have now only committed to reviewing legislation.

No practical solutions have been offered

During the election campaign Theresa May boldly cited the lack of mental health support as ‘one of the burning injustices that blights our society’ and promised parity of esteem, but has drawn a blank on practical solutions. This omission was glaringly obvious in the speech today.

The current mental health crisis has not been averted or forgotten by those needing help now; 8 million adults and 800,000 children are currently suffering from mental health problems and the vast majority still can’t access the clinically-effective therapy they need.

Our Chief Executive Janet Weisz responded to today’s speech saying:

‘The Queen’s speech today falls short on mental health.

‘While we welcome the Government’s mention of mental health in the Queen’s Speech, those who are suffering need more than just rhetoric, they need bold action.

‘People think that the NHS will be there for them if they need it, but in reality with the Government’s current mental health target, only 25 per cent of people with anxiety and depression will be able to receive treatment by 2020.

‘We have a real opportunity to provide lasting mental health treatment and change lives. The Government must now act to make mental health services work for everyone.’