UK parl. opens mental clinic for MPs
Rising cases of mental problems among the British MPs has forced the parliament to set up a mental health clinic for the lawmakers inside the parliamentary premises.
The £25,000-a-year plan has been approved following revelations that a rising number of MPs are seeing doctors over anxiety and depression.
This comes as the law previously ruled that any MP or top executive in a company who is under treatment for mental difficulties for over six months will automatically lose his job.
Now based on the newly-endorsed Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill, the Commons Member Estimate Committee, which is in charge of MPs’ working conditions, will fund the treatment of lawmakers with mental problems.
Meanwhile, a consultant psychiatrist will be present in the Parliamentary premises to help MPs with mental problems diagnose their condition and refer to hospitals for inpatient treatment if necessary.