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Lib Dems pledge extra £2bn for mental health services

The Liberal Democrats would pump an extra £2.25 billion into mental health services in England by 2020 to reverse decades of "institutionalised indifference" to the issue, Nick Clegg has vowed.

Nick Clegg has pledged to spend extra money on mental health care. Credit: PA Wire

The funding commitment - which comes top of the £1.25 billion announced in the coalition Government's last budget - will help introduce new waiting time standards and improve services for mothers suffering post-natal depression.

Announcing the Liberal Democrats' "Manifesto for the Mind", the Deputy Prime Minister said: "I hope by the end of the next parliament people really will see a major difference.

"But it's a journey which we have got to keep going on because it's having to reverse decades of underinvestment and decades of something close to institutionalised indifference if not discrimination against mental health in the NHS."

Mr Clegg said a story of a teenager's battle with anorexia in his constituency in Sheffield had had a "really searing impact" on him and prompted his desire to improve mental health care provision.

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Meningitis B vaccine to be rolled out by September

The meningitis B vaccine looks set to become part of the national immunisation programme by September this year after the government reached a deal with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to provide all babies in the UK with the potentially life-saving injection.

ITV News Reporter Duncan Golestani spoke to one family who have been affected by meningitis about why the vaccine is important:

Hunt: Deal means we can roll out meningitis B vaccine

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that a new deal with GlaxoSmithkline means that a meningitis B vaccine can be rolled out this year.

This is one of the biggest worries for any parent who has a baby or a young child - particularly as it affects five or six months olds.

Which is why I am delighted that we have now just secured agreement with GlaxoSmithkline, the company that manufactures the meningitis B vaccine.

We had a stand off for the best part of a year with the company that used to own this vaccine. Since GSK came on board they have reduced the price.

That means that we can now go ahead this year with rolling out the meningitis B vaccine.

I think that is something that families across the country would really welcome.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
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