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Mental Health

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have within their area talking treatments available for those with mental health problems on prescription from general practitioners. [115909]

Although patterns and levels of provision vary as a result of staffing levels and local decisions on how to meet population needs within available resources, talking treatments are available to every primary care trust.Psychological therapies, counselling and psychotherapy are listed in the mental health national service framework among the range of effective treatments for people with mental health problems, including those with severe and enduring mental illness.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance has been given to primary care trusts in the last year to support mental health services in treating drug users with mental health problems. [114231]

Funding for those who suffer from dual diagnosis, that is drug users with mental health problems, is available from two main sources. These include the National Service Framework for Mental Health (1999) which was supported by additional investment of over £300 million by 2004 as announced in the NHS Plan and the pooled drug treatment budget which was increased to £243.6 million this financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the percentage of service personnel returning from Iraq likely to need access to mental health services; and to what extent he has drawn on the experiences of the first Gulf conflict in making that assessment; [114736](2) what provision has been made to meet the mental health needs of young soldiers returning from Iraq, with particular reference to those who have undergone combat experiences. [114735]

Armed forces personnel returning from the Gulf who need mental health care would normally receive treatment from the Defence Medical Services. Treatment may also be provided by the National Health Service, if necessary. It is still too early to know whether any major mental health concerns will emerge among those who took part in Operation Telic.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the address of each mental health NHS Trust in England. [114905]

The address of each National Health Service mental health trust in England has been placed in the Library.