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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for cognitive behavioural therapy in each primary care trust in the north-west in the latest period for which figures are available. (81867)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: The Department does not routinely collect information on waiting times for appointments for treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy. Data are collected only for consultant-led services, but not when services have been provided by other mental health practitioners.

Information for estimated average waiting times from general practitioner written referral to first out-patient appointment with a psychiatric consultant in each mental health provider trust in each of the last five years is available in the Library. The data are broken down into categories of provider trust, strategic health authority and Government office region where possible.