Health Infrastructure Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:49 pm on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) 3:49 pm, 30th September 2019

I am grateful to the hon. Lady, who I know has campaigned on this. My hon. Friend David Morris has taken a real lead in fighting for improvements and investment in this area, so I pay tribute to him as well. The hon. Lady raises a point that other hon. Members have rightly raised about mental health services, particularly for children. She will know that before I was a Minister I campaigned in this House on eating disorder support services with the charity Beat. She is absolutely right to highlight the importance of early and appropriate intervention in those areas. That is why improving mental health is at the heart of our agenda and why, alongside these announcements, since July 2017 we have, for example, announced investments of over £400 million in improving mental health services. Yesterday’s and today’s announcements are another part of our overall strategic vision for investing in and improving our NHS, and they should be read in the round with all the other announcements.