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Without the proper funding, the government’s promises on mental health are worthless

Jeremy Hunt's promise of more mental health nurses is welcome. But with bursaries cut, the proposals will be difficult to deliver

By Emily Reynolds  

Bursary cuts and a lack of proper funding undermine government promises on mental health. Photo: PA

The government has been driving its new mental health agenda pretty hard as of late. As far back as 2012, David Cameron pledged that his coalition would give “parity of esteem” to mental and physical healthcare, a promise that has been repeated ad infinitum in recent months. Mental health was a key part of Theresa May’s re-election campaign—she even described her proposed policies as a “revolution in mental health care.”

And now Health Secretary…

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