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31 Oct 2013

Mental health counselling on NHS will be a right, says Burnham


A Labour government will enshrine the right to counselling for mental health problems in the NHS constitution, just as people have a right to drugs and treatment for mental illness, Andy Burnham will promise today.

Burnham, the shadow health secretary, will say at a conference on mental health and wellbeing in Shrewsbury, that mental health is the biggest unaddressed health challenge of the age, costing business £71m a day, or £26bn a year.

He will accuse the government of cutting the mental health budget and abandoning the national survey of investment in adult mental health services, which showed how much was spent annually.

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