http://www.hsj.co.uk/mentalhealth/news/2008/02/mental_health.html A government pledge to make "talking therapies" more available is being jeopardised by higher education funding cuts, training providers have claimed. The Department of Health has said it wants to boost access to counselling and psychotherapy to benefit 900,000 more people over the next three years. Plans include recruiting 3,600 more therapists. But organisations that offer therapy courses say this will be hard to fulfil after a decision to withdraw some higher education funding. The warning comes after the Liberal Democrats obtained trust figures revealing some patients wait more than three years for psychotherapy.