London's economic crisis costing the NHS millions
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010
by Gemma Collins LONDON S debt crisis is costing the NHS more than £450 million a year, according to a health group. More and more Londoners are suffering from mental healt
LONDON'S debt crisis is costing the NHS more than £450 million a year, according to a health group.
More and more Londoners are suffering from mental health problems due to rising unemployment and money worries, a report released today by the London Health Forum (LHF) has revealed.
And GPs across the capital are even facing 350,000 appointments a year linked to debt.
The LHF, a coalition of pharmaceutical companies and charities, is urging the capital's primary care trusts including NHS Tower Hamlets to 'prescribe' debt advice to patients before the stress takes its toll on their general health.
The London Capital of Debt report highlights how 250,000 people in London combine debt and mental health issues and thousands more are facing heart attacks, high blood pressure and other serious conditions because of the crisis.
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