Rethink Mental Illness:House of Lords defeat on NHS reforms “an incredibly important step forward”

Paul Jenkins, CEO of the charity Rethink Mental Illness said: “This is an incredibly important step forward, as this amendment makes it explicitly clear in law that the Secretary of State has a duty to put mental and physical illness on an equal footing. Historically, mental health services have always been the poor relation within the NHS.

“We still have a long way to go before the 1 in 4 people who go through mental illness get access to the decent treatment they deserve. The stand the Lords have taken today is an extremely encouraging sign that things are heading in the right direction. We urge the government to accept this amendment and take this opportunity to help ensure the new NHS finally offers a fair deal for everyone regardless of whether they have a physical or mental illness.”


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Notes to editors

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness.

For 40 years we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness.

We directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.
We give information and advice to 500,000 more and we change policy for millions.

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