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Mental Health Services: Young People

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government’s undertaking that by November 2008 no child under the age of 16 years would be treated on an adult psychiatric ward has been met. (245752)

The latest available figures, for July to September 2008, show children and young people under 16 spent only four bed days on adult psychiatric wards, the lowest level since collection started in 2005. This supercedes the figure given in reply to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) on 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 528W, when I regret as a result of data error, five bed days were originally reported for this quarter.

Figures for October to December 2008 will not be available until February 2009.