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Psychiatric Units

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target figure is for provision of medium-secure psychiatric units per county in England and Wales. (93960)

I have been asked to reply.

The need for medium secure psychiatric provision varies across England and Wales and there are no specific target numbers for units in each county. Government funding has been provided to support an increase in medium secure psychiatric beds in recent years as outlined in the NHS plan. The onus now rests with the commissioners of secure psychiatric services, who are expected to commission an appropriate number of medium secure psychiatric beds to meet the demand for such beds for the population that they cover.