MP raises mental health concerns in Commons debate

PriestleyUnitJo Cox, Batley & Spen’s new MP was given a tour of the Priestley Unit at Staincliffe last week and referenced the visit during a House of Commons debate yesterday.

The Labour MP was shown around the unit at Dewsbury & District Hospital by Steven Michael, the chief executive of the South West Yorkshire Mental Heath Trust.

As well as meeting staff and discussing the unit’s work and the challenges the Trust faces, Mrs Cox also met and chatted with patients.

During the Queen’s Speech debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Mrs Cox told MPs about her visit to the Priestley Unit and raised concerns about the Government policy directly increasing the demand for mental health services.

She told the Commons: “The welfare changes implemented over the past five years have put an incredible strain on vulnerable people who need mental health care, and, according to the projection for the next five years, the number of people in that terrible situation will increase and our mental health care services will have to meet an increased demand.”

You can read Mrs Cox’s comment during the debate here – Hansard

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