Mental and physical health to be 'treated the same'

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England's national clinical director for mental health has said that she is "committed" to making sure that mental health is treated the same way as physical health in England.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee has said that NHS England is working hard to close the gap between the two. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

She said the "NHS England is working hard to close the gap between the two with great support from partners and the field."

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'Additional health checks' for mentally ill patients

Healthcare staff are to give mentally ill patients additional checks in order to help reduce the number who die young unnecessarily, health chiefs have said.