During his closing speech at the Party Conference in Glasgow yesterday, Liberal Democrat MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced that, for the first time, waiting times will be introduced for patients suffering from mental health conditions.

Plans mean that people with depression should begin "talking therapy" treatments within 18 weeks, from April next year and young people with psychosis will be seen within 14 days - the same target as cancer patients.

Commenting after the speech, local MP Ian Swales said:

“It’s about time that we started to take mental health more seriously and I welcome these measures as a very good start. I have raised issues around mental health many times, particularly with regards to Work Capability Assessments and the lack of understanding around mental health conditions. There is plenty more to do but I’m glad to see that things are finally moving in the right direction.”


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