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Douglas House

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the future of Douglas House residential home for people with severe mental disabilities; and if he will make a statement. (295169)

Government policy is clear that everyone in England should have the opportunity to benefit from good support to live in the community.

“Our Health, Our Care, Our Say”, published in November 2006, set out that, as community-based settings enable a greater degree of independence and inclusion and better health outcomes, all NHS campuses should close by 2010. A copy of the publication has already been placed in the Library.

We are advised that the chief executive of Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust wrote to the hon. Member in detail on 21 September 2009 in response to his letter regarding concerns raised over the closure of Douglas House.