Welcome back to this week’s edition of the news summary. This blog outlines the key stories that have happened in health news from 27th April to 4rd May. This week a charity has warned that yet more breast cancer victims could come forward following an error in releasing screening reminders, celebrity chefs have urged the government that the sugar tax is not the way forward in reducing childhood obesity and patients in the UK waiting for mental health treatment are experiencing delays of up to four months.
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New research indicates that patients with anxiety or depression are often waiting up to four months to start “talking therapies”. As many as 1.4 million people in the UK were referred for help with mental health conditions in 2016-17. Common treatment often involves cognitive behaviour therapy or self-guided therapy. The charity Mind recommended that the government introduce a maximum waiting time of four weeks for patients. Delays in mental health treatment can reduce the chance of recovery, increase patient distress and increase the chance of mortality.