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

College welcomes LSE report on mental illness

Embargoed until 18 June 2012

The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes a new report from the London School of Economics, How mental health loses out in the NHS, which is published today.


The report, published by the Mental Health Policy Group – a distinguished team of economists, psychologists, doctors and NHS managers convened by Professor Lord Layard of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance, asked does the NHS give sufficient priority to mental health.

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "‘We welcome the new report that explicitly recognises the need for mental health to be on an equal footing with physical health. It is vital at a time of austerity for the NHS that mental and physical health care receive equal resources – particularly as mental health problems tend to be more widespread in times of economic hardship.


"We recognise that people with mental illnesses and those who care for them are particularly vulnerable. "We look forward to working alongside commissioners and other stakeholders to ensure that the care of, and services for, those with mental ill health, continues to improve."

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