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Funding Settlement for the health service in England

Part of NHS Funding Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Anne Marie Morris Anne Marie Morris Conservative, Newton Abbot 3:45 pm, 4th February 2020

That is one of the best points that I have heard in this debate, and it is extremely well made. However, it is a real challenge trying to help individuals to accept even that they might be vulnerable to mental health problems, because it has been such a taboo—let alone the second stage of learning what we can do to try, as the hon. Lady says, to make ourselves resilient. I am pleased that we are having mindfulness classes across the House, not just for MPs but for our researchers. That is not the total solution, but it is at least a step in the right direction. However, her point is about something much bigger than just an intervention—it relates to a big piece missing from this whole agenda. We spend a lot of time talking about illness and not enough time talking about wellness.