Youth mental health care 'in dark ages', says minister

Ronny Lavie By Ronny Lavie , source

Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.

Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.

The care and support minister is launching a task force to look into how to improve services.

One task force member said that "ultimately, money will have to be spent".

The problems in children's mental health services have been catalogued in a series of investigations by BBC News and the online journal Community Care.

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