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Depressed? The places not to live if you need help 19 Oct 2018 13:37 #10613

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By Nick Triggle
Health correspondent

A flagship NHS mental health service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, research by the BBC shows.

People with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are entitled to psychological therapies, such as counselling.

The NHS is meant to successfully treat half of the people it sees.

But an analysis of official NHS data showed this was not the case in 28 of the 195 local areas of the country in the first six months of this year.

There is a three-fold variation in recovery rates between different places, with experts saying if such variations existed in heart bypass surgery there would be an outcry.

Psychologists said some areas were not properly funding services, meaning patients are offered fewer appointments than they really need.

However, NHS England said the programme - called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) - was one of the most ambitious of its kind in the world and had helped hundreds of thousands of people overcome depression and anxiety

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