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£25,000 fund to help East Lancashire MPs with mental health problems
5:00pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
EAST Lancashire MPs will have access to mental health treatment in Westminster following the approval of a new £25,000 fund.
The House of Commons has approved an annual budget because it is hard for MPs to access such services in their constituencies because of “their profile in the community”.
Under the plans, doctors will be contracted to work at Westminster.
Blackburn MP Jack Straw, who confessed in his autobiography earlier this year to suffering from depression soon after being elected to Parliament in 1979, said: “I think this is a good idea.
“Being an MP can be very stressful, isolating and disruptive to family life. It can be very hard for an MP to seek help for mental health problems because of their public profile.”