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Jeremy Hunt and the Tories: a scary prospect for Britain’s mental health

Jun 2nd, 2015 by

Without the Lib Dems as coalition partners, the Tories are free to do whatever they will to mental health budgets. And the future is not, as they would put it, ‘brighter’

This week, news crackled over the hospital radio that Jeremy Hunt – a man who once said he didn’t understand how Alastair Campbell could be depressed as it looked like he had “a great life” – is to remain as health secretary.

Hunt, who previously called criticism of his mental health record by Sue Bailey, the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, “extraordinary” (because what would she know?), has never been known for his nuance on the issue of mental health.

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