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Mental Health Services: Advocacy

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 351W, on mental health services: advocacy, whether he plans to make public the information being collected by the Care Quality Commission on the availability of independent mental health advocates in hospitals which detain patients under the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will issue guidance to the Care Quality Commission requiring the inclusion of information on the availability and accessibility of independent mental health advocates in annual statements for establishments registered to take detained patients under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983. (323224)

It is for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to decide whether or not to publish this information. The CQC has informed us that it will publish the results of its survey of independent mental health advocacy services and that it hopes to do so in an annual report which will be laid before Parliament later this year.