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Simon Stevens has said significant expansion required to treat increasing problems

Children’s mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said.

Simon Stevens said higher rates of mental illness combined with a greater willingness of people coming forward with problems meant there would have to be a “major ramp up” in services.

In an interview with parliament’s The House magazine, he also commented on the debate over whether cannabis could be legalised for medical purposes, saying there is “some evidence” it can be effective for certain conditions.


The Guardian

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