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There are few areas where the health and social care system can make a bigger difference than in supporting young people with mental health and emotional difficulties. On the latest count nearly 10% of children and young people will experience a diagnosable mental health problem and yet we only spend £0.7 billion or 6% of the NHS mental health budget on this area of care. If we get it right in providing young people the help they need we can make a difference to their immediate distress and that of their families. We can also increase the chance that they […]
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It’s been a very difficult week for the NHS with hospitals across the country struggling to deal with significant pressures on their services.  While the political spotlight which comes with the start of an Election year hasn’t helped, talking to colleagues in the acute sector I am clear those pressures are very genuine and I am full of admiration with the work which they (both  front line staff and managers) have been doing to address them.  Furthermore as Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, stressed in his blog on the issue while the problems are serious they are […]
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