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Jeremy Hunt inflates the number of mental health workers recruited in Commons speech

Jeremy Hunt has admitted making false claims in the House of Commons today.

Speaking on World Mental Health Day, he inflated the increase of mental health workers in the NHS by 43 times.

The Health Secretary has corrected the official record, and said it was an “error.”

But a spokesperson for the Department of Health said he has no intention of making an apology for misleading MPs.

He boasted there are 30,000 more people working in mental health today than when Labour left office.

He later repeated his false claim, saying: “We have 30,000 more professionals working in mental health than when my Government came into office.”

But after Channel 4 News’ FactCheck questioned the claim, the Department of Health admitted the figure included all professionally qualified clinical NHS staff, not just mental health workers.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “This was an error and we will be correcting Hansard accordingly.”

The correct figure, according to FactCheck, is an increase of just 692 people.

The increase has been largely driven by a rise in the number of psychotherapists in the Health Service, while the number of mental health nurses has dropped by more than 5,000 since 2010.

Read more in The Mirror.

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