Hewitt promises 10 more psychological therapy centres in England

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced that 10 more NHS psychological therapy centres will be launched in England for people with anxiety and depression.

Two “demonstration” psychological therapies centres in Doncaster and Newham, London, have already been running as part of the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

Ms Hewitt has now promised a further £2m for 10 further therapy centres which will seek to recruit psychological therapists and counsellors

Ms Hewitt said: “The demonstration sites are showing early signs that if you provide quick access to therapy services, the time that patients are ill is reduced and individuals are better able regain their independence – for example by getting or keeping a job.”

Once funds have been allocated to service providers, the government says the new therapy centres should be up and running by September.

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