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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 29 June 2006, Official Report, column 595W, on depression, if his Department will (a) collect figures on the number of people diagnosed with depression and (b) monitor the availability of cognitive behaviour therapy for those diagnosed with depression; and if he will make a statement. (96080)

The Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services contract has been revised to include a register of patients with depression. These registers have been set up in general practices from April 2006. It is increasingly acknowledged that therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy are an important tool in the treatment of mental illness. As a new initiative, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has commissioned the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation to work with Health and Social Services Boards to develop cognitive therapy programmes.