Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responds to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report.
"The Chief Medical Officer is right to remind us that failing to support individuals is detrimental to our economy as well as to those affected, with soaring numbers of working days lost to mental illness.
"Labour’s vision for a national health and care service has mental health at its heart, not relegated to the fringes. The next Labour Government will guarantee the right to talking therapies in the NHS constitution.
"Ministers must ensure that mental health services are accessible. They claim to support parity of esteem between mental and physical health, but patients are being badly let down. It shows why David Cameron cannot be trusted with the NHS."