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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Bill Summit clarification

Monday, 20 February

To all those members and others who emailed me over the weekend asking if the College was attending the summit taking place at Downing Street today, I can confirm that I've not been invited to attend the meeting on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I continue to have meetings with care services minister Paul Burstow MP, particularly on the specific issue of parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

In the meantime, whatever the outcome of the Bill, the College Policy Unit is working with clinicians to develop developing commissioning guidance for whoever in the future commissions mental health services, in whatever legal structure.

For the rest of today, I'll be focusing on my clinical work. Tomorrow, with the advice from Chairs of the Faculties of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, General and Community Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry, I will be giving evidence on behalf of members to the Schizophrenia Commission.

Finally - should Number 10 happen to be reading this blog - I'd like to remind them that there is no health without mental health.



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