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2,000 additional CAMHS staff to be recruited

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the recruitment campaign will be funded as part of the existing £1.4bn push to correct the historic imbalance between physical and mental health services in the NHS.

The report said that by 2020/21 the goal is for 95 per cent of children and adolescents with eating disorders to get treatment within a week for urgent cases and within four weeks for routine cases.

The report adds that by 2020/21 the NHS wants at least 35% of children and young people with diagnosable mental health conditions to receive treatment from community mental health services, compared with 28% in 2016/17.