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Mental Health

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's strategic priorities are for the mental health services; and if she will make a statement. (114356)

The Department published “The NHS in England: operating framework for 2007-08” on 11 December 2006. This states that the national health service must meet the following mental health objectives by the end of 2007 to sustain improvements in mental health:

to recruit 500 community development workers to help improve the mental health of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, by December 2007; and

to commission services for the estimated 7,500 new cases each year of people needing early intervention.

The Department’s other priorities for mental health services are: to improve access to psychological therapies; to deliver race equality; to increase further the uptake of crisis resolution services as an alternative to hospital inpatient admissions; and, to investigate further whether a system of payment by results can be implemented in mental health services.