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Changing the Law Alone Will Not Put a Stop to It Today Parliament is debating the Policing and Crime Bill which contains provisions to end the detention of children with mental health problems in police cells. These measures are welcome and long overdue. Whilst our understanding of mental health may have grown in recent years, there remains many elements of mental health care that have no place in the 21st century; locking up a very ill child in a police cell is one of them. Yet despite these welcome proposals, changing the law alone will not be enough to put […]
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Labour has put mental health centre stage, recognising the important role it plays in all our lives. This newly created role of shadow Minister for Mental Health is an opportunity to achieve the cross-departmental working on mental health that is vitally needed. The overwhelmingly positive response to the creation of the position highlights the strength of feeling across the country on this issue. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to make this new role work for everyone affected by mental health. This role plays to my own passionately-held beliefs that mental health must be given top priority, and that cuts […]
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Labour’s New Approach to Public Health in the 21st Century Introduction When the NHS was created in 1948, life expectancy in England was 66 years for men and 70 years for women. Today it is 79 years for men and 83 years for women and set to keep on getting longer as this century progresses. This is welcome but poses new challenges for our NHS and more importantly, for us all as individuals, parents and families. If our bodies are to be on the road for longer, all children will need the healthiest possible start in life and the earliest possible intervention when needs arise. And, as we grow older, […]
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