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Mental Health Services: Advocacy

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the level of access to independent mental health advocates by qualifying patients in (a) Birmingham and (b) England; (316749)

(2) which primary care trusts (a) have and (b) have not commissioned independent mental health advocate (IMHA) services; and if he will establish a national database of IMHA services.

It is the duty of each primary care trust in England to make such arrangements as it considers reasonable to make available independent mental health advocates (IMHAs) for qualifying patients. The precise arrangements are a matter for local decision. The Department has no plans to establish a national database of IMHA services.