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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to increase the availability of psychological therapies in the NHS. (191473)

In 2006 the Department launched its improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) demonstration site programme. Following the success of these sites, the Secretary of State announced investment in October 2007 for the provision of psychological therapies, for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders, rising to £173 million by 2011. This is in addition to the £146 million invested in 2006-07 by the national health service on psychological therapies for people with a range of mental health conditions, including those with more severe and enduring mental health problems who are usually provided with services by specialist mental health teams. On 26 February 2008, I launched a national implementation plan to help the strategic health authorities to deliver the IAPT programme over the next three years.