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

The need for parity

Monday, 12 March

The College, with leading mental health charities, is on a final push with the Health and Social Care Bill. Despite numerous organisations voicing their concerns, the controversial proposals look likely to become law in the next few weeks. Whatever happens with this Bill, I believe we need to have parity of esteem for mental and physical health.  We’ve prepared a short briefing on parity of esteem and why it matters, which I’d encourage you to take a look at.

Parity of esteem is a key element of the mental health strategy and should be core to the Health and Social Care Bill, to enable a range of NHS and public health outcomes to be achieved. Last month, the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Bill to place an explicit duty on the Secretary of State to promote parity of esteem between mental and physical health services. We hope this amendment, or an amendment having the same effect, will be supported by MPs when the Bill returns to the Commons next week.  I will update you again soon on our progress.



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