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Mental Health Services

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients treated for a mental illness in 2007 received NHS counselling and therapy services; and what steps his Department is taking to increase availability of such services. (191287)

The information about numbers of patients who received national health service counselling and therapy is not collected centrally. The Government are investing annually in expanding this provision with funding rising to £173 million in 2010-11. As a first step, the Department is committed to expanding these therapies in 20 primary care trusts in the 2008-09 financial year.