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Social Media firms ‘must share child mental health costs’

Social media firms must share the burden with the health service as it battles mental health issues in young people, the head of NHS England has said.

Setting out the health service’s key priorities for the future as it marks its 70th year, Simon Stevens, the body’s chief executive, warned of a “double epidemic affecting our children” that also included obesity.

Obesity was also highlighted as a key issue for the health service. “It is absolutely true that we need to be more physically active,” Stevens said. “But that by itself is not going to deal with what’s happening to our food and drink calorific environment.

The prime minister, Theresa May, has pledged a long-term funding settlement for the NHS, which celebrates its 70th anniversary next month. “I want that to be done in conjunction with NHS leaders and provide a multi-year funding settlement consistent with our fiscal rules and balanced approach,” she told parliament’s health and social care select committee in March.

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