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Suicide

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the cost to primary care trusts of carrying out suicide audits; and if he will make a statement; (250394)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of removing suicide audits from the star ratings performance assessment of primary care trusts in ensuring primary care trusts undertake comprehensive suicide audits; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many primary care trusts conducted suicide audits in each year from 2002 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.

No assessment on either the cost to primary care trusts (PCTs) in carrying out suicide audits or the effect of removing suicide audits from the Annual Health Check performance assessment of PCTs has been made. The mental health National Service Framework, published in 1999, made it a requirement for all local services to develop a local system for suicide audit to learn lessons from suicides and take necessary action. We published a toolkit “Suicide audit in Primary Care Trust localities” in October 2006 to support them in this task. A copy has been placed in the Library. The information on the number of PCTs conducting suicide audits is not collected centrally.