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Reserves Mental Health Programme

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 28WS, on the Reserves Mental Health Programme, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on ensuring that general practitioners are made aware of the mental health treatment made available to reservists. (107960)

The Department of Health was involved from an early stage in our plans for the new programme. We provided guidance to the Department of Health and other UK health authorities for wider dissemination to GPs, who were also informed via direct email distribution. Guidance for patients and health professionals isalso available by visiting or by contacting free phone number 0800 0326258.