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Catherine West MP said: "The streets of London are being plagued by an epidemic of violent crime. Under this Tory Government we have seen our public services cut to the bone. These crippling cuts, whether they be to policing budgets, youth services, school exclusion services or border forces, have allowed gangs to prosper in our communities.

It’s an issue I’ve already raised in Parliament and the previous Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised a meeting. I’m pursuing this with the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and I’ll be using it to urge him to cancel the further £325 million in cuts the Metropolitan Police is expected to make by 2021.  

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Catherine West MP is one of 60 MPs and Peers calling on the government to take action to help new mums struggling with depression.  The cross party group have written to Steve Brine, the minister for public health and primary care, demanding that all mothers in England have an assessment of their emotional and mental health carried out by a GP, practice nurse or health visitor.  This separate maternal check would be in addition to the baby's six week postnatal check.  At present, checking the baby's health is a stipulation under the GPs contract, but doing the same for the mother is not.

Catherine said: "Half of all new mums struggling with depression say they weren't asked by health staff about their mental health.  At the moment, it isn't compulsory and many mothers say that a discussion about their emotional and mental wellbeing is either forgotten or is done in a hurry at the end of the baby check appointment. 

The evidence suggests that adding this new requirement to the contract would significantly help improve maternal mental health for a very modest investment of around £20m per annum, against a total estimated £8bn in costs stemming from the adverse consequences of perinatal mental illness.  It’s by no means the only answer but it would be a good start.

I hope the minister will respond positively." 

Catherine West MP supports #hiddenhalf campaign for new mum mental health checks

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Catherine West MP

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