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Knockbracken Health Care Park: Mental Health Services

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to reduce the number of acute mental health in-patient beds at Knockbracken Health Care Park. (119303)

The Eastern Health and Social Services Board is finalising plans to restructure acute mental health beds in the Eastern Board area, which includes Knockbracken Healthcare Park. These plans will be subject to full public consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultation with (a) patients, (b) carers and (c) health professionals has been conducted into proposals to reduce the number of acute mental health in-patient beds at Knockbracken Health Care Park. (119308)

The Eastern Health and Social Services Board conducted an audit of acute psychiatric in-patient care in 2003-04. Users and carers were involved throughout. In addition, the board sponsored users and carers travelling to England to examine alternative services to in-patient care.