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Mental Health Services: Public Consultation

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it obtains the views of (a) people who have experience of mental health problems and (b) organisations that represent people who have experienced mental health problems in its consultation on the Social Care Green Paper. (242209)

The Department ran a public engagement process on the future of Care and Support this year, from 12 May until 28 November, in order to gather views and comments from stakeholders, service users and members of the public to help inform the Green Paper. As part of our work to ensure the engagement process was inclusive, people living with mental health problems were targeted, together with those organisations that represent them. In addition, one-to-one interviews with users of mental health services and organisations that represent them have been carried out by Ipsos-MORI and the Central Office of Information as part of the engagement process.