Wednesday, October 10, 2007

It's good to talk - and it saves the nation money!

Just a quick blog entry today, to celebrate the announcement that £170m a year is to be set aside for 'talking treatments' on the NHS. The aim is to reduce the wait for counselling from 18 months to two weeks, and make sure that everyone who needs support gets it. The justification, says Health Secretary Alan Johnson, is that the country will save billions because mental health currently loses us 91 million working days a year.

Yes, yes, yes... thank heavens they've realised that providing support for emotional difficulties is not just liberal drivel - it works, and often better than throwing a pill at the problem. Well done Alan Johnson!

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