The Labour Party has vowed to boost the funding of children’s mental health services with a £845 million plan for Healthy Young Minds, an initiative to double the current annual spending on children and adolescent mental health services.

The party has also pledged to establish a network of open-access mental health hubs to enable more children to access mental health services, underpinned by the promise to recruit more than 3,500 qualified counsellors for UK schools.

Concerning adult mental health, the party has stated it will implement the recommendations set out in the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) in full, so that “people are given a choice, autonomy and the treatment they need”.

The MHA is the law in England and Wales and was updated in 2007. It outlines rights regarding assessment and treatment in hospital, as well as treatment in the community.

The Labour Party said it will spend to end the social care crisis; end 15-minute care visits and provide care workers with paid travel time, as well as access to training and an option to choose regular hours. It also vowed to increase the carer’s allowance for unpaid full-time carers.

In addition, the party has said it will allocate funding to close-to-home health services and build interdisciplinary, patient-focused services across primary care, mental health and social care, while also ensuring patients in deprived areas and remote communities will have better access to primary care services.

If elected, Labour affirmed it would repeal the Health and Social Care Act and reinstate the responsibilities of the secretary of state to provide a universal health care system.

It added that it will attempt to end the requirement on health authorities to put services out to competitive tender.

Date published: November 22, 2019

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