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Jeremy Hunt says child mental health services are NHS’s biggest failing

Nov 2nd, 2016 by

Health secretary pledges to improve diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions and put specialists in schools

NHS care of children and young people is the service’s biggest weakness and so inadequate that it is causing too many tragedies, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said.

Hunt has pledged to improve the diagnosis and treatment of troubled children by NHS children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Problems need to be identified earlier so that young people no longer struggle with debilitating conditions for years before receiving help, he said.

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