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Psychology: Waiting Lists

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government have set waiting times for access to psychological therapies on the NHS. (142109)

Currently no waiting times targets for access to psychological therapies have been set by the Department. The two Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) demonstration sites have made significant progress in reducing local waiting times and improving access to effective services. In addition, 10 new IAPT pathfinder sites are soon to be developed to increase access to treatment. These sites will test out proposed standards including appropriate access times for different stages of treatment as detailed in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s guidelines.