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Adjournment debate

Conservative MP Charles Walker led an adjournment debate on schizophrenia care on 10 December 2012.

Schizophrenia is a disorder which affects thinking, feeling and behaviour and symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations such as hearing voices, and loss of interest, energy and emotions.

Last month an independent inquiry into schizophrenia care in England concluded it fell "catastrophically short" and required a major overhaul.

The report, published by the Schizophrenia Commission, said patients spent too long in "demoralised and dysfunctional" hospital wards.

It said the condition costs society almost £12bn a year and money would be better spent on preventing illness.

The government said mental health is one of its high priorities.

A spokesman said: "We are clear that people with mental health problems should be treated with the same high quality and dignified care as anyone else and we expect the NHS to make this happen."

Mr Walker is chairman of the all-party mental health group and has personally been affected by mental health issues for more than 30 years.

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