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World Health Day: BPS backs call for psychological treatments to be available to all European citizens

06 April 2019

The patchy provision of psychological treatments across Europe is not fit for a modern society said EFPA – the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations – on World Health Day (Sunday 7 April).

It called for psychological treatments to be available to all European citizens.

Koen Lowet from EFPA said policymakers should note the savings to be made from fewer hospital admissions, less spending on physical health problems and having more people in work.

Welcoming the calls from EFPA, Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the British Psychological Society, said:

“Access to effective psychological treatments should be a fundamental right for all people who need them. Here in the UK, as well as in other nations joining today’s call for improved provision, this means better access to high-quality care, increasing the size and skills of the workforce, integrating services and ultimately improving outcomes.”

The BPS is one of EFPA’s 37 member associations. Between them they represent some 300,000 psychologists.

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