‘You’ve got to have a good plan’ – Twyford defends mental health inquiry

The AM Show 26/01/2018

Housing Minister Phil Twyford defended the Government's inquiry into mental health, saying it's necessary to develop a plan.

Opposition leader Bill English criticised the plan earlier this week, saying that "inquiries don't fix things".

"I think they are playing for time. They're actually short of cash to meet the expectations they've created," Mr English told The AM Show.

Mr Twyford joined The AM Show along with Judith Collins to discuss the major announcements Labour has made this week as it finalises the final stretch of its first 100 days plan.

Mr Twyford explained that "big strides" on attitudes towards mental health have been made in recent years, but the help on offer is failing to keep pace with demand.

"The system's a mess...” Mr Twyford told The AM Show. “There just isn't the resourcing there."

The inquiry has been criticised for the time it will take as well as its $6.5 million budget. It will be advised by a range of panels, including a lived experience panel and a youth advisory panel.

"Before you start ploughing resources in, you've got to have a good plan," says Mr Twyford.

“On the back of this inquiry, we will implement a major reform programme and properly resource mental health services.”

The inquiry is due to be wrapped up by the end of October.

Watch the full interview with Phil Twyford and Judith Collins above. 

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