Wefan Gymraeg

"Mental health revolution" will bring more money to Wales


Liberal Democrat action on the NHS and mental health services in England will mean more money coming to the Welsh Government, Welsh Lib Dem Leader Kirsty Williams has said.

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £1.25 billion of new funding for children's mental health services in England, with more money expected to be announced for Wales as a result in Wednesday's budget.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been leading the campaign to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health in Wales - to end the stigma attached to mental health and improve services for children and young people. Click here to sign the petition and back the campaign.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
"It would be utterly inconceivable to allow a child with a broken leg to go untreated for weeks on end, yet hundreds of children wait over a month to get the most basic mental health treatments.

"Liberal Democrats in Government have been leading a mental health revolution, boosting investment in talking therapies and putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health in terms of waiting time targets. In our journey to a fairer society, we will relentlessly fight to end discrimination of mental health services and fight to reduce stigma.

"This extra money secured by Liberal Democrats for mental health services in England, combined with our pledge to boost NHS spending by £8bn over the course of the next Parliament, will mean millions extra flowing down the M4 to Wales. This money would go a long way to improve the shocking situation of youth mental health services in Wales, which have been sadly neglected by this Welsh Labour Government."

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