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Charities and MPs call for urgent rollout of mental health nurses in GP surgeries

On Tuesday, Labour MPs joined 27 Conservative MPs backing the No Time to Wait Campaign, led by James Starkie, a former advisor to cupboard ministers Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab. The marketing campaign seeks to enhance entry to mental health remedy and, in specific, to spice up provision of mental health nurses, primarily based in GP surgeries.

Mental health charities Mind and Beat, for these with consuming issues, are additionally backing the calls.

In February, Mr Starkie instructed of his combat to get assist from the NHS when he was at his lowest ebb and his dedication to enhance entry for others.

On Monday evening, Stephen Jones, RCN skilled lead for mental health, stated: “Mental health nurses can play an indispensable position in GP clinics, addressing the surge in mental in poor health health that turned much more obvious throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“GP practices would benefit from an advanced-level mental health nurse in every practice, who not only can lead the mental health care of their communities, but support and educate the team in which they work.”

Mental health charity Mind can also be backing the marketing campaign. Vicki Nash, head of coverage, campaigns and public affairs at Mind stated: “Around 1.5 million people are on the waiting list for mental health treatment, and there is a further 8 million who can’t get on the waiting list because they’re not deemed unwell enough but could benefit from support. That’s why we’re backing the No Time to Wait campaign calling for better access to mental health treatment and support in England.”

‘More important after the pandemic’

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, stated: “Addressing mental health and improving care is even more important after the pandemic. Many of us have been affected by mental health issues, either directly or through family and friends, due to Covid and the lockdown we all endured.”

Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, stated early therapeutic interventions have been “crucial” to attaining good outcomes.

“I’ve witnessed too many of my constituents experiencing further trauma as they are left waiting for an assessment, counselling or other interventions, often making it harder for them to work or engage in society and therefore experiencing economic and social detriment on top of their deteriorating mental health,” she stated.

Matt Hancock, the previous health secretary, Robert Buckland, the previous justice secretary and Johnny Mercer, the previous defence minister, are amongst 27 Tory MPs supporting the marketing campaign, together with choose committee chairmen Robert Halfon and Tom Tugendhat.

Jonathan Gullis, Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, final month wrote about his historical past of self-harm and suicidal ideas, as he known as on ministers to enhance entry to assist.

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