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Mental Health Services

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the tariff uplift breakdown for 2009-10, published by his Department on 5 February 2009, when he plans to develop a tariff for mental health services. (257643)

A programme of work is underway to develop and make available for use national contract 'currencies' for mental health activity by 2010-11. This is in line with the commitment made in High Quality Care for All - NHS Next Stage Review Final Report (Department of Health, June 2008), which has already been placed in the Library.

The currencies being developed will allow national comparison and benchmarking. Once they are in place, they will facilitate an informed decision on whether to introduce a national tariff for mental health services. Therefore, no date has yet been set for the introduction of a tariff for mental health services.