Half of kids with mental health issues 'can't access NHS treatment'

HALF of children with mental health issues cannot access NHS treatment, a report found.

A backlog caused by Covid has made it difficult for youngsters to see psychiatric workers.

And plans to send ­support teams to schools are not widespread enough and “lack ambition”.

Jeremy Hunt, chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and former health secretary, said increasing capacity was not going fast enough.

He added: “Our report uncovers good progress in schools but a failure to find community care.”

One in six young people had problems last year but many struggled to get help.

MPs on the committee called for ­services to be overhauled to tackle issues early.

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