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Mental Health Services

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether mental health service users will be guaranteed a choice of hospital under the new NHS constitution. (240538)

The draft constitution states that:

‘you have a right to make choices about your NHS care. The options available to you will develop over time and depend on your individual need’.

In the Handbook to the draft constitution it states that directions will be given by the Secretary of State under section 8 of the NHS Act to require primary care trusts to ensure that patients have a right to choose their providers. Directions will specify services covered, exceptions and whether mental health service users are included. We have recently consulted on the draft constitution and the final Constitution will be published shortly.