#Conservative NHS Privatiser Jeremy Hunt claims he wants a safer #NHS yet Leaked report reveals scale of crisis in England’s mental health services: Support the NHS Junior Doctors #JuniorDoctorsSrike

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Damning confidential report reveals suicides are rising and 75% of those needing help are not receiving it

The mental health team at Heartlands hospital in Birmingham meets to discuss patients.
The mental health team at Heartlands hospital in Birmingham meets to discuss patients. Photograph: Andrew Fox

A leaked report by a government taskforce has painted a devastating picture of England’s mental health services, revealing that the number of people killing themselves is soaring, that three-quarters of those with psychiatric conditions are not being helped, and that sick children are being sent “almost anywhere in the country” for treatment.

Details of the damning assessment have come to light just as the prime minister is planning to herald a transformation of mental health services.

The report, due to be published on Monday to coincide with an announcement by the prime minister on funding and new initiatives, lays bare a system that is routinely failing people from every walk of life.

While the prime minister is expected to trumpet his focus on mental health – six years after he pledged to put mental wellbeing at the centre of his government – his own taskforce condemns years of underinvestment and lays a significant portion of the blame on the current administration.

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