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Improved Mental Health Care

  • Mental health hospitals are not fit for purpose.  We will invest £2 billion to modernise hospital facilities and end the use of inappropriate out-of-area placements.

  • Implement the recommendations set out in the independent review of the Mental Health Act, for people with learning disabilities and mental illnesses.

  • Invest more in treatment and care for people with eating disorders and ensure that NICE guidelines on eating disorders are implemented.

  • Improve access to psychology therapies and ensure the provision of 24/7 crisis services.

  • Commit £845 million to a plan for Healthy Young Minds to double annual spending on children and adolescent mental health services.

  • Establish a network of open-access mental health hubs, recruit 3,500 qualified counsellors and guarantee every child access to school counsellors.

Reduction of Inequalites

  • Life expectancy is stalling and infant mortality rates are increasing, especially among those living in our most deprived communities.

  • A Labour government will target a reduction in health inequalities with:

    • A comprehensive children's health strategy​

    • Invest more than £1 billion in public health and recruit 4,500 more health visitors and school nurses.

    • Ensure that new mothers can access breastfeeding support.

    • Invest in children's oral health, tackle childhood obesity, extend the sugar tax to milk drinks, ban fast food restaurants near schools, enforce stricter rules for advertising junk food.

    • Take actions to significantly reduce infant deaths and ensure that families who lose a baby receive appropriate bereavement support as well as protections at work.

    • Urgently put in place vaccination to regain our measles-free status in WHO listings.

    • Fully fund sexual health services and roll out PrEP medication.

    • Address drug-related deaths , alcohol-related health problems and the impacts of gambling as matters of public health.

    • Implement a Tobacco Control Plan and fund smoking cessation services.

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