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Mental Health Services (Sutton)

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

1. How much funding is planned for mental health services in the London borough of Sutton in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. (274098)

Mental health services receive funding from primary care trusts according to the priorities and needs of the local population. Sutton and Merton PCT and the Government organisation Working for Wellness will invest £2.4 million over three years in improving access to psychological therapies. In 2010-11 Sutton and Merton PCT expects to spend £53.6 million on mental health services, which represents 9.1 per cent. of its allocated budget.

The Minister may be aware of debates in the House on the future of Henderson hospital and that a consultation entitled “Shaping the future: Supporting people with complex personality disorder” is under way. Can he reassure me that the model of a therapeutic community with a residential component will be given reasonable consideration in plans for dealing with personality disorder, and will he receive from those dealing with Henderson hospital an update on the future of that service?

As the hon. Gentleman knows, Henderson hospital is temporarily closed because of falling demand and lack of clinical viability, but, as he says, that is subject to a consultation due to end on 27 July, to which organisations and individuals can of course make representations. The matter is obviously one for local decision making, but he has today drawn the House’s attention to the services that he wants to be provided in future and I shall ensure that his representations are fed into that local consultation.