Torbay MP praises Torbay Citizens Advice Bureau impact on improving people’s health and saving the NHS money
Adrian Sanders MP for Torbay attended an event in the House of Commons where he said that independent advice can help people to overcome problems they face.
The event, hosted by national charity Citizens Advice, brought together MPs from all parties and health professionals, to highlight the positive impact of advice on people’s health. Research from the charity shows that over 80 per cent of clients say that CAB advice made them less stressed, depressed or anxious.
As well as improving health, advice can also save money. The average cost to the NHS of treating anxiety or depression is £880, whereas the cost of advice per client is £123. This means that each time an advice intervention mitigates the need for GP mental health treatment, there’s a potential saving of over £750.
Adrian told the Devon Week: “I’m pleased to support the important work of Torbay Citizens Advice Bureaux. Independent, effective advice is not only important for people’s problems, but can actually improve people’s health.
“I strongly encourage local health professionals to work with the Torbay CAB to improve the health of our community.”
(from a press release)